Meaning in Love, Meaning in Suffering

franklIt's been nearly seventy years since Viktor Frankl wrote, 'Man's Search for Meaning', chronicling the more subtle experiences of his time as an Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner during Word War II. His comments on suffering, and the necessity for love are timeless and profound"We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation., when facing a fate that cannot be changed. For what then matters is to bare witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one's predicament into a human achievement. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves""Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the inner most core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see his essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true."Man's Search for Meaning, Gift Edition

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