40 Forever:Man's Search for Meaning

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Man’s Search for Meaning

“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a
human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished
work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the why for
his existence, and will be able to bear almost any how.”

-Viktor E. Frankl

Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 1956. Print.

Psychiatrist Dr. Viktor E. Frankl was a Holocaust survivor who used his time in concentration camp to study the reasons why some prisoners were miraculously able to maintain a glimmer of hope, while others (understandably) lost their will to live. In spite of the horrific subject matter, this book is strangely uplifting. It’s sort of a cross between Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and The Little Prince.

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