Here are some insightful quotes from a Art of Manliness article titled 'More Load on the Arch'
- "Mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become. Such a tension is inherent in the human being and therefore is indispensable to mental well-being. ... I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium…a tensionless state. What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him…" - Quoting Viktor Frankl in Man's Search For Meaning
- The operative phrases in Frankl’s argument are “worthwhile goals” and “freely chosen.” Most of the burdens and tensions of our lives meet neither of those criteria.
- We think we want rest and relaxation – the absence of all labor and responsibility – but what we really crave is the presence of meaningful work and interests. We don’t want a complete lack of tension, but a different variety of it. We don’t need less stress, but more of the right kind.
- In the absence of a sufficient load on the arch, we fall apart.