30 Minute Meditations on Being Human from the Life and Writings of Viktor Frankl: Day 1: The Dual Potentiality of Human Beings

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Entrance to Auschwitz

Lesson for the Day: Decisions, not conditions, determine the kind of person you are and will be.

“In the living laboratories of the concentration camps we watched comrades behaving like swine while others behaved like saints.  Man has both these potentialities within himself.  Which one he actualizes depends on decisions, not on conditions.”

Source: Viktor E. Frankl, Psychotherapy and Existentialism: Selected Papers on Logotherapy (New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1967), p. 35.