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This is a short book in two parts. The first part is Frankl relating some of his experiences in concentration camps in WWII. The second part is about his school of psychotherapy he termed Logotherapy.
A few quotes get to the heart of Frankl's view:
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."
Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.
So in Frankl's view happiness and success are not objectives to pursue. The pursuit in life is the "why" and once you know the why you are alive then not only will you be on the road to self-actualization and happiness but you will also be able to endure any hardship that life presents.
Responsibleness is a large aspect of Frankl's theories becasue through responsibleness we take on tasks and actions that help us determine our meaning - the why in our lives. Responsibleness also balances freedom. "In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness."
So how do we go about determining our own meaning? On that Frankl says it's a continual, situation and temporal pursuit achived through one of three methods: creating a work or doing a deed; experiencing something or encountering someone; and the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.
"Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now."
A thought provoking book to be sure.
 

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