“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.”
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”
Such are the deep wisdom found in the pages of Victor Frankl’s book “Man’s Search for Meaning.”
Originally,published in 1946, the book chronicles Victor’s experience in the Nazi ‘Concentration Camp’ where he observed the human nature to survive even in the most harrowing conditions.The book is also a brief introduction to his system of psychotherapy called ‘Logotherapy’ (Logotherapy is a term derived from “logos,” a Greek word that translates as “meaning,” and therapy, which is defined as treatment of a condition) where in he argues that the strongest motivation of a man to survive is to find meaning in his life.This is very evident from a
quote from the book:
“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”
The beauty of the book lies in the blatant description of the extreme conditions of the Concentration Camps,and the ways in which Jews were tortured,which you don’t get to read anywhere.It is the gritty realism of the book and Victor’s language, which make this book an absorbing read, truly phenomenal and life-altering when you really understand the words of the author from a more spiritual point of view.
So,if you haven’t read the book,I highly recommend you to get your hands on it.
You will love every page of it!
Until Next Time,