After listening to this book I see the world differently and appreciate my life. This should be required reading for every human being.
Everyone should read this book. Everyone.
How can someone who endured such things maintain hope for a better world and faith in the human race when privileged rich kids think the world is going to crap? Meaning.
Love and meaning. You can have a rich and profound life without money, power, influence, even without freedom or access to sufficient food and clean water but any life without love or meaning is a less valuable existence. "A man who has the why to live can deal with any how..."
It is really three incredible books in one. Each of the three parts were written at different times, but work as a trilogy. If everyone had Dr. Frankl's world view, what rewarding lives they would have.
The story of Frankl's experience in the concentrations camps and the subsequent description and explanation of the silver lining, his analytic theories of logotherapy, are not only a good read, they are also invaluable for conceptualizing the human experience and will to survive.
His personal experiences were incredible to listen to them. The science explanations may be difficult to follow without the psychiatric background.
Captivating, Saddening, Encouraging.
The extent of the dehumanizing of fellow human beings.
Viktor FranklThis is an autobiography by a concentration camp survivor.
When one loses hope, death is soon to follow.
This is the first time I have been able to get a glimpse of what it was like for those unfortunate people who were segregated out by their own community and systematically dehumanized. It was truly eye opening especially because of Frankl's vocation as a psychiatrist. He bought analytical insight into his own suffering.
Part 2 and Frankl's ideas on modern society's struggle with meaning and the general origin's of meaning are timeless. For words written at a very different time, I am struck by logotherapy's modern striving to remove value-judgments from therapy.