Man's Search for Meaning

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"Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (who was a professor in neurology and psychiatry) is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. The book chronicles Viktor Frankl’s experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during WWII.  During his time in camp, he is tortured, beaten, worked to the brink of death, not given enough food or proper clothes/shoes during freezing temperatures.  He was subjected to vermin, frost bitten toes, and edema.  He paints a truly a horrific existence of his day to day camp life.  Daily, people dropped dead all around him (from disease and starvation) and are executed for no reason at all.  His mother, father, brother, and wife were all killed in the camps.  With all this in mind, how could he find life worth preserving?"

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  • Chris Pierce
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    It's not about being happy while your suffering (in concentration camps), it's about finding meaning in your life. I read the book, it's actually very good. Viktor talks about two types of people that were suffering in the camps. Those that gave up hope and gave up, and those that even in the midst of suffering could still be positive, and give portions of their daily meal (a piece of bread) to help comfort others. The "WHY" is about finding your purpose and meaning in life, why you exist and want to live. Understanding this can help you come out through difficult struggles.

    Leo Hall
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    If you can be happy in those circumstances, I think you can be happy anywhere.

    Jimmie Boggs
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    People can be happy living in concentration camps?

    Luis Reed
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    Great post Brock!

    Brett Flint
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    The biggest thing I got was that you can't control your environment, but you can control how you react to it. You can choose to be happy or angry and upset.

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