Resignation is a person’s tendency to accept an adverse situation. In this way, we resign ourselves to something negative when we are able to assume.
Certain events bring consequences that can cause a great emotional impact or a feeling of injustice (a disillusionment in love, a friend who cheats on us, the death of a loved one or a dismissal at work without any justification ). Faced with these painful and difficult circumstances to assume, there are two possible reactions: despair, deep sadness and rebellion, on the other hand, understanding that adverse situations happen and that is why we have to accept them.
The two faces of resignation
There are certain concepts that have a double meaning. That’s what happens with resignation. In a negative sense we can understand it as an action of submission. Do not rebel or protest and even more so conform with what you have despite not liking or suffering.
On the other hand, resignation can happen as a sign of strength and natural acceptance in the face of adversity (firmly accepting what life offers and adapting in the best possible way). These two views are defended and both refer to the same concept.
Resignation in Philosophy
Some ancient philosophical schools recommended resignation as a vital attitude. More specifically, it was the Stoics who proposed that we should face fate naturally and therefore with resignation. This view of the Stoics was based on the idea that every order of reality and that all events occurred for some reason, therefore, the best thing to do was not to rebel against the designs of universal reason or any other superior force.
This proposal of the Stoics in relation to attitudes of resignation was also used in everyday language : “We must think before doing anything”, this is a philosophical expression .
There is a lot of talk about Christian resignation because the sacred texts affirm the existence of many testimonies proposed to human beings to adopt a resigned vital plan . This means that through the apostles, God proposed a message to men: “Trust me in spite of difficulties.” This general idea was valued in several expressions typical of Christianity: “Is it because God willed it or because the Lord’s plans are mysterious”. These are clear messages of resignation.