I’m not sure how I got on the Stoicism kick, but this book was my toe in the water. Frankl survived Auschwitz and numerous other concentration camps, and he credits much of his survival to having the goal of writing about psychological survival in such places. He often quotes Nietzsche: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.
Bundled in this volume is a section on logotherapy, which holds as its tenet:
* Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.
The existential vacuum affects 25% of Frankl’s European students and 60% of his American students, brought on by boredom, private nihilism.
Happiness cannot be pursued, it must ensue.