Man’s Search For Meaning

Thanks to a challenge from a friend, I’ll be writing a book review every day in April.

Is this an April fools’ heist? Only time will tell.

**I have a long-standing offer for anyone that writes consecutively for 30 days in a publicly viewable place, website, medium.com, etc. that I’ll buy you a reasonably priced book of your choosing. Happy writing!

Man’s Search For Meaning

Recommendation: 8.9/10

Summary:
One positive to intense hardship is how inspiring it can be to others. Viktor Frankl shares his experience in a Nazi concentration camp and how various therapy, specifically logotherapy where the patient is confronted with and reoriented toward identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, helped him survive.

Highlights:
The meaning of life is always changing. It’s like asking a chess player “What’s the best move?” It’s contextual.

In the concentration camp, we watched and witnessed some of our comrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has both potentialities within himself; which one is actualized depends on decisions but not on conditions.

The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his life. Either through a) work (doing something significant) 2) love (caring for another c) courage in difficult times.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Photo by Michiel Annaert on Unsplash.

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