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Seeing through the Dark: Elements of the Tragic Vision

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Abstract

The drive to comprehend, to grasp, to explain is one of humankind’s strongest instincts. It is one of the human being’s innate responses to his or her reality. Like the drive for food and water, the need for meaning is fundamental. Victor Frankl has identified this drive as the “will toward meaning.”1 It animates human beings, calling from the very void of the need itself the cultural worlds that both organize a person’s reality and define his or her place within it. Cultures differ at this level. This is true; but then, so do diets. The need to eat in spite of the differences, however, remains universal.

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Ultimate Reality Italic Mine Institutional Order Ontological Security Dialectical Tension 
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