“Human life , under any circumstances , never ceases to have a meaning , and this infinite meaning of life includes suffering and dying,privation and death.”
The first part of the book deals with the life at a concentration camp. It forms the base for the second part where the author explains with examples the psychology behind a man’s search for meaning.An important point that he brings forward is about the will to live. The will to live in the adverse concentration camp conditions was a very difficult thought to come and mostly people surrendered to fate. The people who had a goal , something they wanted to do, some unfinished task, some loved one were the only people who could manage to think positively and survive amidst all the suffer But there were many who lost all hope and these were the first to be taken to the gas chambers or died from illness.
“They lacked less from the lack of food or lack of medicine than from the lack of hope,lack of something to live for.”
He speaks of three methods to realize a meaning in life and elaborates on the same: a) By creating a work or doing a deed. b)By experiencing something or encountering someone and c)By the attitude we take towards unavoidable suffering.”
Overall a great book to read . To know about the meaning in your lives give it a read.
“Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz,however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright,with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.”