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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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Mar 01, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to Douglas by: no one
Recommended for: any adult

** spoiler alert ** People have considered this book primarily a book about survival in inhuman conditions. But Victor Frankl got into those inhuman conditions because he did a decent, human thing; he honored his aged father and mother, instead of accepting the US immigration visa. He had a opportunity to participate in an escape attempt, but was moved with compassion by one of the sick prisoners in his care.

Viktor Frankl considered his logotherapy to be basically humanistic, attempting to focus the patient's attention on the meanings he will fulfill in the future, the things he will create, the deeds he will do, the people he loves, the sufferings he will courageously endure. But a lot of logotherapists didn't have the God of Viktor Frankl inside them, the God who delivered Viktor from his narrow prison.

Given that we have had other impositions of inhuman conditions since the book was written, such as the Killing Fields of Cambodia and the massacres in Rwanda, it would be useful for future editions to address these situations. Neither the foreword nor the afterword addressed these.

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