• Written by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Published in 1946
  • 165 pages
  • Rating: ❤️❤️❤️??

Interesting read about the importance of meaning in life. Especially the first part of the book, where Frankl writes about his experiences in the concentration camps during the WWII, is very touching.

The lesons about human nature and the purpose of having meaning in your life speak very well from these stories.

The second part of the book becomes a bit fuzzy. I think this part of the book wouldve been more powerful if he wouldve used more examples and scenes to prove his theories.

Nevertheless, he made some good points about the power of meaning; how it makes suffering manageable and how it delivers happiness as a by-product.

There are some interesting parts about ‘hyper-intention’ and ‘tragic positivism’. He argues that a human is self-determined no matter how big the influence of the conditions of his life are. A human always has the freedom to chose his attitude towards those conditions.

Although I think many parts of his theories are interesting subjects for a good discussion, I also think it’s important we have those discussions.

This is because Frankl has a deeply humanistic approach to life, and I think that in our current world, where people are being analysed as being machines and where all faith is out into machines instead of humans, this book can help a lot of us to start believing in humans again.