A MUST READ!! Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl ends forever the discussion about whether or not mankind has free will. His experiences as a Jew in WWII concentration camps are painful and life-changing to read but they prove the immense power of the mind to overcome any obstacle.
Themes: force; free will; thought; suffering; success
Watch: Interview with Frankl
“In the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone. Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him–mentally and spiritually…It is this spiritual freedom–which cannot be taken away–that makes life meaningful and purposeful.”
“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…”