Book Review: Man's Search For Meaning

February 1, 2010

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.

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“… 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. “

Viktor E. Frankl gives a vivid description of his time in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust in less than 100 pages.

How he narrowly missed beiing sent to the gas chambers several times by the seemingly random luck of choices he made of volunteering– or not– for certain jobs within the camps. The way he and the other men would take the less-worn shoes of a dead fellow Jew to somewhat comfort their frostbitten, tired feet.

Through it all, Frankl maintains that he knew there was somehting ahead of him, some great virtue to be gained, in all of his suffering. From this Viktor Frankl created his own science: logotherapy.

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