Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Man's Search for Meaning


I re-read Viktor E. Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning.

I recommend it as a book to visit or re-visit.  The message is always new.

Nietzsche:  "He why has a Why to live for can bear almost any How."

Frankl:  "Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness.  That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast." 

Frankl emphasizes that mankind is self-determining.  "What he becomes - within the limits of endowment and environment - he has made out of himself. In the concentration camps, for example, in this living laboratory and on this testing ground, we watched and witnessed some of our comrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has both potentialities within himself; which one is actualized depends on decisions but not on conditions."

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