The Meaning of Life — Explained by a Holocaust Survivor

We don’t get to ask for it — life asks us

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1. Indifference to death can allow people to survive.

According to Frankl, all camp prisoners went through several phases, one of which distinguished him and his surviving peers from the rest:

2. Each life has its own meaning — you go find yours.

There is no such thing as “the best move in chess.” There is, however, a best move for any particular constellation of the pieces on the board.

3. Make your fears come true to make them go away.

To give people an increased sense of control over their lives, logotherapy pushes them to focus on their internal state rather than their external surroundings.


Man’s Search For Meaning is a firsthand account of the darkest times in human history. On top of Viktor Frankl’s moving story, it teaches us resilience, patience, and how to find meaning in a chaotic world.

  1. Each life has its own meaning, and it’s up to you to define yours by bringing responsibility and dedication to everything you do.
  2. If you try to force your worst fears to come true, chances are, they’ll just go away. Use paradoxical intentions as a tool to take control of your life.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

— Viktor Frankl

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