Sunday, February 13, 2011

Man's Search For Meaning

 A Jewish mans reflection on surviving 3 years in Nazi concentration camps (Auschwitz, among others) - so get over the cheesy sounding self-help sounding title because this book is way more important.

After reading his account of entering Auschwitz I felt such a great weight, anchoring me to the ground I stood on.

With his experiences being so far removed from my own life, it is shocking how intimately relevant I find his reflections. It's as if all the noise of life was stripped away in Auschwitz, allowing him to stand face to face with the universal truths and challenges concerning the human experience.

Here's an excerpt from Mans Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl to wet your palette:
And there were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstances, renouncing freedom and dignity to become molded into the form of the typical inmate.
It has sold over 10 million copies (to put that it perspective, that puts it somewhere between The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess and Dante's Divine Comedy) in 24 languages, and was named one of the ten most influential books in America by the Library of Congress.

Probably worth picking up.

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