Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl


The thought 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 deaths suffered by many of the others. From personal convictions which will be mentioned later, I made myself a firm promise, on my first evening in camp, that I would not “run into the wire.” This was a phrase used in camp to describe the most popular method of suicide—touching the electrically charged barbed-wire fence. It was not entirely difficult for me to make this decision. There was little point in committing suicide, since, for the average inmate, life expectation, calculating objectively and counting all likely chances, was very poor. He could not with any assurance expect to be among the small percentage of men who survived all the selections. The prisoner of Auschwitz, in the first phase of shock, did not fear death. Even the gas chambers lost their horrors for him after the first few days—after all, they spared him the act of committing suicide.


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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning

Ilse Lasch (Translator)


William Ingram‘s review

Mar 20, 2020  
A true gem of insight into the human condition and beyond!

As a late comer to this powerfully written work I see why it has resonated down through the generations that grew up decades after the horrors of the holocaust. Dr Frankl’s recollections and keen insights into human behavior and motivations are wonderful. This book is a classic that will always be included with writings of man’s endurance and hope in the face of unspeakable evil!

Excerpts of highlights:

[The man with the corpse approached the steps. Wearily he dragged himself up. Then the body: first the feet, then the trunk, and finally—with an uncanny rattling noise—the head of the corpse bumped up the two steps. My place was on the opposite side of the hut, next to the small, sole window, which was built near the floor. While my cold hands clasped a bowl of hot soup from which I sipped greedily, I happened to look out the window. The corpse which had just been removed stared in at me with glazed eyes. Two hours before I had spoken to that man. Now I continued sipping my soup. If my lack of emotion had not surprised me from the standpoint of professional interest, I would not remember this incident now, because there was so little feeling involved in it.]

[For only one moment I paused to get my breath and to lean on my shovel. Unfortunately the guard turned around just then and thought I was loafing. The pain he caused me was not from any insults or any blows. That guard did not think it worth his while to say anything, not even a swear word, to the ragged, emaciated figure standing before him, which probably reminded him only vaguely of a human form. Instead, he playfully picked up a stone and threw it at me. That, to me, seemed the way to attract the attention of a beast, to call a domestic animal back to its job, a creature with which you have so little in common that you do not even punish it.]

[The Meaning of Love Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.]


FREE YOUR MIND by William L. Ingram



To sleepwalk through life reduces the chances of your soul Awakening to it’s True Purpose. The paths of least resistance and comfortable mediocrity lead to a fearful and unfulfilled life that may seem acceptable but is doomed to sadness and decay.

Free Your Mind and The Rest Will Follow is a favorite saying of mine. It’s my own twist on the Psalm 46:10 Bible verse “Be still and know that I am God.”

Free Your Mind means to learn to Be Still inwardly and create “space” between your ego mind chamber of competing thoughts, and your true, authentic Self. Yes, there is a difference between your True Self and your thinking self, but you usually don’t see it or understand it! That’s the condition we humans suffer from that leads us to become addicted to self-destructive behaviors and ideas!

As I put it in my memoir (Finding Heaven In The Dark), our mind has a mind of it’s own! It sounds funny but it is deadly serious. We think, feel, and react or feel, think, and react, as our mind is led on a merry chase through emotions we can’t escape or control. We become mentally conditioned to life view confusion, and poor decisions follow.

The Be Still and Know Judeo-Christian Meditation I learned to practice as a desperate youth, helped save my life! Learning how to become objective to all our thoughts and feelings is truly empowering, because it exposes the tricks and traps of our ego conditioned mind. Sincere meditation creates patience and patience gently frees the mind from past or future imaginings (day dreaming). Controlling your Attention is Freeing Your Mind! 

A Free Mind, aligning with the Light of Reality, becomes fearless and free from compulsive judgments. A Free Mind leads the rest of the body to improved health and contentment.

A Free Mind is Peace of Mind.

That thinking mind chatter still occurs frequently, but the Peace that is part of your True Self, makes it easier to ignore or respond to, as required. A Link to books website. A Link to F.H.U. Be Still & Know Meditation.


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Published on December 04, 2016 10:42

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