Transitionfrom Damnation to Redemption
Anybehavior that corrects a previous wrongdoing or misstep is referredto as redeeming act. Powerful cases of redemption are great acts ofmorality that precede prior moral transgressions. I agree with someof the decisions made by both Connors and Frankl through their lifeexperiences as discussed in the paper. Phil Connors is a weathermanwho is nasty, utterly self-absorbed and arrogant. Connors spendsFebruary 2ndin different festivities in Punxsutawney, an area he despises. Hefound in the day that followed, he was still in the same place he wasyesterday (Teays 24). The day repeated itself with no end. At first,Connors used the repetition of the day to steal cash and tomanipulate women for sexual satisfaction. One day Connors fell inlove with Rita. Connors grew depressed when he realized the methodshe used will never allow him to achieve actual intimacy with Rita. Heended up becoming suicidal. I disagree with Connors on deciding totake a step of commit suicide due failure in falling in love withRita. Instead, Connors should have find love to another lady.
Connorsdid away with the objection and believed he can change. It was hisprivilege to choose his attitude towards his existential predicament.Depression kicked in after experiencing a shock before enjoying aconcise sensation of godlikeness with Rita (Teays 26). Later Connorsdiscovered he was not capable of dying. Connors had only fourchoices to be sane, but exist in a state of steady distress, to goinsane, to accept his fate and find a solution, or affirm his newstrange endless life. In his argument, he decided to accept hisdestiny and find a solution. Connors educated himself in many newfields of becoming an accomplished artist, linguist, doctor andmusician (Marshall 193). He also developed as a person and achievedever-increasing awareness all in all reaching in self-enlighten. Itwas shown symbolically when Rita changed her mind and accepted tofall in love with Connors. The selfless and arrogance that oncecharacterized him was replaced by enlighten and kindness the bestdrive from one’s circumstances. Finally, he fell asleep with Ritain his bed and on the next day he still found her there. The cycle ofFebruary 2ndwas broke and then was February 3rd.Connors redemptive journey was completed.
AtConnors liberation after marrying Rita he became a highly-developedwith greater self-esteem. In the end, Connor’s Groundhog Day wasremoved from the original day and turned into something else(Marshall 195). Connors did not return to his normality but reachedin the transition of independently achieving the simulacrum from itscreator. It was something new with its own rules.
Fromthe book of Man’ssearch for Meaningportrayed life experiences of Viktor Frankl in German concentrationcamps during World War II. Viktor stated that there was moresuffering, brutality, poor health, deprivation, the closeness ofdeath, lack of material comfort among others while imprisoned inthose camps. Basing on his training in Psychiatry and imprisonment,Viktor identified three important periods for a prisoner, whichincludes admission follow-up into the camp, well entrenchment in thecamp’s routine and following liberation and release (Frankl 65).While still on concentration camp, Viktor got a shock of beingretrieved immediately prior to execution. Even though they sawnumerous sent to the gas chambers and stared others dying from lackof medical care, malnourishment, and recurrent torture, they stillhad the thought of being saved. The optional way to escape thedelusion of reprieve was to commit suicide due to hopelessness andbrutality of the situation. At that point shock was replaced by anemotional reaction and apathy as a way of coping with the constanttorture.
Asa result of the ability of individuals making their psychologicalchoices meant, they could find themselves into graves. The source ofmental stress came from the questioning on how long abuse andimprisonment might be since the dates of release were nevermentioned. Viktor gave his third phase this is after being releasedfrom the concentration camps (Frankl 72). Such unexpected liberationbrought about difficult mental liberation. Freedom is a state of minddifficult to grasp. It was illustrated as the men timidly walkedbeyond the boundaries that had formerly held the prisoners, almostexpected to be beaten for leaving the camp. The prisoners had adifficult time of feeling pleased after being released.
Inpart II, Viktor elaborated on logo-therapy as another psychologicaltechnique of helping human being. Viktor analyzed that the meaning oflife could be discovered in three ways. First, someone can perform adeed. Second, a person can encounter someone or experience something.Alternatively, someone can reveal a certain attitude towardsuffering. Concepts of life’s transitoriness, existentialfrustration, and noogenic neuroses were addressed in regard of theirrelative impact on person’s research and perception of meaning(Frankl 94). Noogenic neuroses are forms of mental illness as aresult of lack of meaning in one’s life. Viktor conceived people interms of the ongoing tension between who a person is and what canbecome. He also considers a tension on one’s goals andachievements.
Existentialvacuum is one common practice in modern life as referred to Viktor.Existential vacuum is a persuasive and enduring pattern ofexistential frustration, where a person experiences his or her ownlife as being mostly meaningless and empty. Boredom is the biggestsymptom of existential vacuum. Viktor compared the traditional andmodern existential vacuum life experiences. In tradition societythere was an issue of conformity in which one used to do whateveryone else was doing, obeying orders on doing what you were toldand seeking sensual or sexual pleasure. The most common modern lifeexperiences were depression, aggression, addiction to drugs and emptysexual promiscuity involving high teenage-pregnancy rates. Aggressioninvolves cases of murder, gangs, abuse, and rape. Viktor suggestedthat, one should live as if he or she is living for the second time.Life’s meaning is always changing as we always reorient ourselvesand make decisions within the world (Frankl 104). Three basic ways ofdiscovering meaning in life are doing the deed or creating a work,encountering someone or experiencing something especially in love, orthe approach one takes towards unavoidable suffering.
Anotherlogo-therapeutic technique is paradoxical intention. Commonly used inthe cases of anticipatory anxiety, where person’s fear of a certainincident is precisely what brings about that incident. Insomnia,sexual impotence, blushing, test-taking and stuttering is examples ofsuch incidents. Anticipatory involves two cases hyper-reflection andhyper-intention. Hyper-intention is trying too hard to avoidsomething impossible to achieve while hyper-reflection is an idea offocusing something too much on a particular behavior or thought willlead to unhealthy outcomes. Utilizing hyper-reflection andhyper-intention to focus on unwanted circumstances helps to generateone’s actual objective.
Thefinal section discusses the tragic optimism. Tragic optimism is tostay essentially optimistic, even in the face of extremely negativesituations. Viktor restates that turning a personal tragedy intotriumph is the most significant to the meaning (Frankl 108). Suicideoften occurs when people lack meaning and hope for their lives.Guilt, pain and death are examples of terrible triad, which are mostdifficult moments in life.
RelatingPhil Connors journey in Groundhog Day and Mans search for Meaning,Connors practiced existential vacuum as discussed by Viktor. Connorsseemed to be bored in order to make a decision of going to fall inlove with Rita. Connors in one way or the other was seeking pleasurefor sexual satisfaction which according to me was not the onlysolution to kill boredom. Connors got depressed after being rejectedby Rita whom he was aiming to be his spouse in future. In theintroductory part of Connors, he used to steal money to go and enticewomen meaning he was aggressed. As a result of not achieving Rita, hethought of committing suicide believing he was stuck alone, which wasnot the case since such an experience common to almost everyone.Later, he took into account of using tragic optimism as elaborated byViktor in Mans search for Meaning. Connors derived from guilt ofbeing rejected by Rita and change for better. Finally, Connors gotaway with the mind of committing suicide and decided to accept thesituation and continue living.
Inconclusion, Viktor defined meanings and their psychologicalsignificance especially on dealing with suffering in life. Normally,human beings have a collection of meanings that led purpose and senseto their lives. Everyone desires to have a good health, have materialwealth, approve peers, have good family relations, have goodlove-life, have comfort and remain happy in life. Most of the lifedesires are never accomplished as depicted by Viktor while he was inconcentrated camp as a prisoner. Referring to Mans search forMeaning, Viktor noted that suffering and joy are relative concepts,with the meaning determined by individuals referring to theirexperiences and expectations. Similarly, he mentions it is a person’sprivilege what will become of him or her spiritually or mentally.Viktor suggested that is one should live as if he or she is livingfor the second time.
Fromthe two life experiences of Phil Connors and Viktor Frankl a numberof lessons are learnt. As an individual is one’s right to liveregardless of many challenges one may face in life. Each and everyonesuffer mental illness due a terrible thing which might happen inone’s life, which would cause a depression. After depression, onemay think of committing suicide, but Viktor urges one to remainessentially optimistic. In life, frustrations must also exist in asituation whereby the life becomes mostly meaningless and empty. Anadvice from Connors is to accept the situation and continue livingwithout stress. Murders, rapes, gangs, abuse, drugs empty sexualpromiscuity are some of the immoralities come across in one’s lifeas a result of losing hope and meaning in life. Viktor argued that inorder to avoid this one should do the deed or create a work,encounter someone or experience something or have a good attitudetowards unavoidable suffering. For example, one can marry or getmarried to avoid committing adultery or engaging into sexualimmorality.
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