KellyOnBooks book recommendation 1 — Man’s Search for Meaning

“Even in a concentration camp, people still have a choice. Under the terrible psychological and physical torture, there were still people who had a trace of spiritual freedom and spiritual independence. They went from one cell to another, comforting others, and sharing their own last piece of bread, although the number was small.

Such choices are everywhere. Every day, every minute, you have to make a decision, decide whether to bow to the power that takes away yourself, and decide whether to give up freedom and dignity. Despite lack of sleep, insufficient food, and mental torture, what a prisoner ultimately becomes depends on his inner decision, not just the impact of the concentration camp environment. In a concentration camp, you can also decide to maintain your dignity. Those uncontrollable forces can take away everything from you, except for one, that is your freedom to decide how to face these forces. You can’t control what happens to yourself in your life, but you can always control your feelings and behaviour. ”

Men’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning author Viktor Frankl

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