“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Frankl

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“I just sat and looked out at the green flowery slopes and the distant blue hills of the Bavarian landscape, framed by the meshes of barbed wire. I dreamed longingly, and my thoughts wondered north and northeast, in the direction of my home, but I could only see clouds” Franlks describes his difficulty of being able to dream. He feels so restricted and unable to find a hope that he can’t even imagine the path to his home. Dreams are unique; no other individual can have your background, your emotions, or your experiences. Therefore, every dream can only be connected to your own "reality". Being able to dream is so important because a dream has the power to unify the body, mind, and spirit. It provides you with insight into your own self and a means for self-recognition, which eventually helps you move forward.

“Thoughts of suicide was entertained by nearly everyone, if only for a brief time. It was born of the hopelessness of the situation, the constant danger of death looming over us daily and hourly, and the closeness of the death suffered by many others.”

Frankl describes how hopelessness messes with their psychological behavior and makes people think about suicide. We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations sometimes. But most people get through it or can put their problems in perspective and find a way to carry on with determination, which was exactly what he did by saying “I would not ‘run into the wire.’”

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Viktor Feankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning” was a quite graphic reading. He provided a detailed language of existence in the concentration camp. Set against the starvation and punishment he examines the mental state of the inmates, the SS guards, and the equally brutal Capos, prisoners who acted as trustees. He saw the worst but also the best that human beings are capable. Frankl learned that wretched men balancing between life and death can allow themselves to conclude by a loss of will....
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