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The Power to Choose

Wisdom for Life | 6:35


What is going on guys? Today's video is on the book Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Viktor Frankl was a professor of neurology and psychiatry, and this is probably one of the most powerful books I've ever read.

The book chronicles Victor Frankel's experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War Two. And during his time in camp, he's tortured, he's beaten his work to the brink of death, not given enough food, or proper clothing or shoes during freezing temperatures.

He's subjected to vermin, frostbitten toes, and edema. He paints a truly horrific existence of his day to day camp, like, daily people dropped dead all around him from disease and starvation, and are executed for no reason at all. His mother, father, brother, and wife were all killed in the camps.

You know, with all this in mind, how could he find life worth preserving? So let's jump into the first main takeaway from the book.

And that is, you have to find meaning in suffering and in your life, as Nietzsche says, He who has a why to live for can bear almost anyhow, you know, even though Frankl was living in extremely difficult circumstances, and had been stripped of almost all his humanity, he noticed something, his ability to find meaning in even the diarist of circumstances helped him to survive. 

He noticed two types of prisoners, those that had lost faith, meaning and hope in the future, and those that didn't, the ones that looked at life as a challenge to be overcome, the ones who had a why to live, are more likely to survive. He discovered that in life, you can either make a victory of your experiences, or you can ignore the challenge and simply fade away.

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