Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psycho-therapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome.
When I finished Man’s Search for Meaning on audio book while driving through the desert of Nevada it humbled me greatly and gave my life new perspective. Viktor Frankl’s experience in Nazi concentration camps made my problems seem insignificant. It made me realize that people are laying in a hospital bed with a terminal illness or dying of starvation dreaming for the opportunity that I have now. The most impact part of the book was how Viktor Frankl was able to find meaning in his suffering.
“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.”
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
I wonder what will happen when the day comes when I’ll be tested to the extreme. How will I respond? Will I be able able to find meaning in my pain? Will I remain a decent person in extreme situations and stick to my values?
I highly recommend this book if your hungry for knowledge, interested in psychology or your on your own search for meaning.