The Existential Vacuum – Are we the Hollow Men?

In the poem by T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men, he has this to say:

“We are the hollow men, we are the stuffed men,

Leaning together,

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Shape without form, shade without colour,

Paralyzed force, gesture without motion…”

From an existentialist point of view, contemporary man has alienated himself/herself from others and from him/herself. The world has become a kind of theatre of the absurd, unreal and meaningless. Does our meaning in life depend too much on what we do and what we have rather than on who we are?

Viktor Frankl described the human condition as an “existential vacuum”, where man is bored and frustrated because of the failure to discover and live a meaningful existence.


Image from Wikimedia Commons


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