Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist and survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp during World War II, writes compellingly on the human search to find meaning to life in the midst of great suffering. Using his experience in Auschwitz where he, along with countless others, was stripped to “naked experience”, Dr. Frankl addresses the capacity possessed by every man to determine “whether or not you would submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom”. While Nihilism contends that everything is meaningless, Frankl asserts that it is a distinctly human capacity and task to find meaning in life, therefore, meaning is available in spite of suffering. For countless people who wrestle deeply with the question “Is life with suffering worth living” this book offers hope with its theme, that life remains potentially meaningful under any condition, even those which are most miserable; and its premise, that the value of individuals is not contingent on their usefulness.
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