Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, self-actualization requires meeting deficiency needs first. In the process of attaining self-actualization, one must contemplate the meaning of life. The challenge arises, as the individual will have to reflect upon behaviors, values, and decisions taken in order to live a life that is chosen by one, not for one. One will have to challenge norms, traditions, customs and typical ways of being. Sartre would condemn conformity to societal norms and traditions, or what he calls acting in bad faith. Frankl would use his experience as a Holocaust survivor to encourage one to find meaning in the suffering in order to be able to cope, move on with a different perspective on life.
Have you ever questioned, for instance, why are we so caught up with time? Why do we feel like we’re always running out of it? Why do some days feel like forever, while others end in the blink of an eye? Why do we always hear “time is money” and what does it really mean?