Review: Man’s Search for Meaning

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Man's Search for Meaning
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book by accident, and I understand it is a modern classic, but I had never heard of it. This is a partially autobiographical, partially observational, tale of a psychiatrist who survived four Nazi concentration camps. You might be surprised to learn that he died in 1997 happy, well-adjusted, and with a sense of purpose. Dr. Frankl poses the hypothesis that in order to be sane, humanity requires meaning to their lives, and we must make that meaning for ourselves. There are essentially three ways to do this. The first is to do something in life that you feel matters, and you believe will make the world a better place or outlast you. The second is to experience another human being completely through love. And the third is to survive and endure suffering with…

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~ by Sable Aradia on April 10, 2014.

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