I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium or, as it is called in biology, “homeostasis,” i.e., 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. (Frankl, 2006)
Merle: Why don't cha' pull that arrow out dummy?What follows is Merle's plea that in order for Daryl to survive beyond the day he needs to refocus his priorities. Daryl had begun to see the girl’s life as more important than his own, and perpetually shown to others his commitment to this priority. What Merle sees that Daryl doesn't is Daryl's is that his overestimation of his own capacities is harming his ability personal survival. In essence, Merle is challenging Daryl to refocus his hubris towards his own survival rather than finding Sophia. When Daryl pulls out the arrow it is like if Sisyphus detached the chain that tied him to the rock that represented his capacity to accomplish tasks large then his capacity. Free from the idea that misrepresents his capacities, he able to see the world as it is and able to accomplish new goals for new reasons. Daryl's new found inspiration is, of course, undermined by Andrea shooting Daryl when he returned to camp, and ultimately reinforced the absurd root which meaning sprouts from. No matter how hard to you try, or how deeply you feel about the meaning attributed to someone or a deed. At base the meaning creation process is fictitious in its own origination, but necessary for the struggle that makes life worth living.
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Frankl, Viktor E. (2006-06-01). Man's Search for Meaning (p. 105). Beacon Press. Kindle Edition.