It is commonly known that when one proceeds to review or recall upon a memorable fascination, an ignorant and most often shallow review is put forth by the consumer. For example, one’s nonshelant summer read may most definitely be one of disencouragement, as the comprehension and focus on the read is of minimal value. In this case I do indeed admit to it, for I did not fully comprehend EVERY important aspect in this marvelous essay I had the pleasure of reading. Viktor Frankl was a man of few words, for his writing spoke louder than ever, engraving complete awe into a whole generation through all 165-pages of black and white print. This novel conquers the provocation of the often dormant human emotion of gratitude, for it is overlooked by many in human society. A true contemplator, Man’s Search For Meaning opens up staggering new perspectives of the human mind, forcing one’s sincere reflection of their reactions, persona towards others, and their coping with suffering.
Man’s Search For Meaning dawns at the height of WWII, beginning with an explanation of Frankl’s motive to his teachings, and how the true inspiration came out of hardship and inevitable adversity. Viktor Frankl was a Austrian-born Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz at the heart of the Hitler’s infecting of Europe. He begins by injecting the reader with immense desire, and wanting to comprehend the story told about them, with the ultimate goal being a perspective change throughout the internal personality of the reader. Frankl began as a scarce medical volunteer for the camp, where he had in his opinion, the pleasure of working with and attending to the weakest of the weak both mentally and physically. That was in his mind the true foundations for his life’s work and philosophical teachings, as many of his patients expressed human emotions in the purest of forms, for that is what death and fear of brings out in the human race. Many feelings of depression, guilt, grief and sorrow highlighted the main pleads of the dying. Viktor would then presume to configure the moralities from these purities, and proceed to share them about the camp with his prison mates. He recalls the mental state of the majority of prisoners as being the antidote for such fatigue, and all the survivors who took inspiration from Frankl lived and died in pure admiration for the legend himself.
I hate to admit that the novel upholds a reputation of fear by many, as its preeminence comes at the price of abnormal challenge. The language in which the piece possesses is quite difficult to compute, and takes some getting used to. I promise, however, once the effort is put forth, a true depth of understanding will follow, and a connection with the author will be made nevertheless. At the same, Frankl’s style was oddly intriguing and was ultimately the reason I couldn’t stop reading. It should be noted that towards the back end of the novel, a more formal and informational transformation resides, as the author begins to discuss his teachings of Logotherapy in superior detail, making for a more slow and choppy read. For me as the reader, I didn’t mind that style so much in comparison to other novels I had read in the past, and I admired the amount of sophistication and effort put forth into each individual section of the second part. This, in my opinion allowed for more individual thought by the reader about their desired sections, opening up the doors for future questioning internally.
All in all, if challenge is sought out for the independent read, Man’s Search For Meaning is the book for you, despite your speculated “reading preference”. In my opinion, everyone needs to soak up the teachings of Viktor Frankl, and the life lessons lacing the tiny print. Philosophy is one of those phrases that gets overlooked by many, and unencouraged by everyone due to the speculated formality and intelligence needed for the study, when in reality anyone and everyone should become informed. It is in all ways the purest form of humanital education, in all aspects. A truly generational novel and a must read for anyone looking to conceive a totally alien perspective on life and all of its tremendous offerings spiritually.