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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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Nov 24, 2009

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

I first read this book at least 30 years ago. Since then I have tried to keep a copy of it on my shelf. When I picked it up again, it was as inspiring to read as always. Frankl's brand of existentialism, logotherapy, is the only existentialism I've ever understood.
In summary, despite the fact he is imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, Frankl holds on to a positive attitude toward humanity. He believes a desire to survive is possible if one has a goal, his goal being to write a book on concentration camp psychology. He believed strongly that in all situations, one has the ability to choose his/her attitudes and/or actions. This choice may not always lead to survival as Frankl writes that some of the most humane prisoners never made it out of the camps. We are fortunate that Frankl did survive to write this book of hope.
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