30 Minute Meditations on Being Human from the Life and Writings of Viktor Frankl, Day 5: The Ultimate Goal of Life

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Entrance to Auschwitz

Lesson for the Day: While suffering in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, Frankl made a profound discovery about the meaning of life and love.

“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers.  The truth – that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire.  Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.”

Source: Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, 3rd ed. (New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1984), pp. 48-49. Italics are the publisher’s.