The Provisional Existence

Thursday, April 23, 2015

“The unemployed worker, for example, is in a similar position. His existence has become provisional and in a certain sense he cannot live for the future or aim at a goal. Research work done on unemployed miners has shown that they suffer from a peculiar sort of deformed time — inner time — which is a result of their unemployed state. Prisoners, too, suffered from this strange “time-experience.” In camp, a small time unit, a day, for example, filled with hourly tortures and fatigue, appeared endless. A larger time unit, perhaps a week, seemed to pass very quickly. My comrades agreed when I said that in camp a day lasted longer than a week.”
Viktor E. Frankel, Man’s Search for Meaning

One Response to “The Provisional Existence”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Even though this was posted several weeks ago, I happened to see it only today, which is the same day that I happened to read this article about fake companies set up in Europe so that unemployed people can have fake jobs — http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/business/international/in-europe-fake-jobs-can-have-real-benefits.html?_r=0 .

    Congratulations on completing your year!


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