Man’s Search for Meaning

Read this book after seeing it mentioned in Managing oneself. Some quotes below.

I do not at all see in the bestseller status of my book an achievement and accomplishment on my part but expression of the misery of our time: if hundreds of thousands of people reach out for a book whose very title promises to deal with the question of a meaning to life, it must be a question that burns under their fingernails.

On the average, only those prisoners could keep alive who, after years of trekking from camp to camp, had lost all scruples in their fight for existence; they were prepared to use every means, honest and otherwise, even brutal force, theft, and betrayal of their friends, in order to save themselves. We who have come back, by the aid of many lucky chances or miracles — whatever one may choose to call them-we know: the best of us did not return.

But it is not for me to pass judgment on those prisoners who put their own people above everyone else . Who can throw a stone at a man who favors his friends under circumstances when , sooner or later , it is a question of life or death man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same .

In the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision , and not the result of camp influences alone . Fundamentally , therefore , any man can , even under such circumstances , decide what shall become of him mentally and spiritually . He may retain his human dignity even in a concentration camp .

Nietzsche‘s words , “ He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how , “

There is an ancient Jewish legend , according to which the existence of the world depends on there always being thirty-six — no more than thirty-six! righteous people in the world .

27 Sept 2016