“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.”
The abstract concept of the term dignity is often exhaustedly used when it comes to value, usefulness, morality, but also reputation. What about the personal,emotinal level of dignity of a refugee, a victim of rape, a handicapped toddler, but also of a convicted criminal?
The difference between „dignity“ as an abstract and symbolically charged term and the personal, emotional feeling of dignity as an individual is a much more comprehensive topic as it first seems.
The Vienna Week of Dignity deals with the term dignity in all its colours and shades. Theologians, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Therapists, Politicians but also individuals injured in their own dignity or actively injuring the dignity of others are invited to generate practical implementation of a theoretical concept.
The Organisers are creating a forum to deepen a concept that is central to our lives. The first Vienna Week of Dignity in 2018 should be the start of a sustainable discourse and establish a tradition. The tradition of a debate about what it means to be human.
The first Vienna Week of Dignity is dedicated to the Viennese Psychiatrist and Neurologist Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997).