Man’s Search for Meaning By Viktor Frankl

By Alessandro Carosi

This is so deep that I wanted to share it, there is a purpose in life even when everything seems like a total madness with no apparent reason, there is a purpose in life and a bigger picture, this man was in an advanced state of awareness, ahead of most of his contemporary, from our struggles we can come out stronger and ready to help others with theirs

“I’d like you to meet Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust Survivor and bestselling author of “Man’s Search for Meaning”. In this marvelous book of his, he recounts his ordeal in a Nazi Concentration Camp and what kept him alive.

On 19 October 1944, Frankl was stripped of all his worldly possessions and dignity, and spent the next four years in Nazi Concentration Camps during World War II. Shortly after, his entire family (father, mother and his wife) perished in camps or were sent to the gas ovens.

How could Frankl – every possession lost, every value destroyed, suffered from hunger, cold and brutality, hourly expecting extermination – could find his life worth living?

“He who has a WHY for life can put up with any how”

Frankl, as well as other inmates who survived the illness and mistreatment, almost always had a deeper purpose in their lives. In Victor’s own case, he was determined to survive to be reunited with his wife, the love of this life (he wasn’t aware of his wife’s death then).

With this PURPOSE in heart, this drove him to dig frozen earth, endure countless beatings and fight off the scourges of malnutrition and tetanus for four years.

On the other hand, Frankl also watched fellow inmates who succumb to what he called “giveupitis”. One day, they would simply lie in bed and refuse to get up, ignoring beatings and abuse from the guard.

At this point, Frankl sadly noted that they had given up their reason for living and their death usually came within a day or two. Without purpose they had no reason to go on.

Frankl’s groundbreaking work has huge significance for your life.

Without purpose, life can be tinged with futility and emptiness. Frankl saw this manifest in “giveupitis” amongst his patients and fellow inmates.

Today this lack of meaning can lead to a lack of motivation, energy and excitement. It can hold you back from chasing your vision and goals and keep you stuck in the ordinary.”

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