Viktor Frankl: Search for Meaning

TED once again gives us the opportunity to share a moment in history via YouTube with a renowned human being and scientist, Viktor Frankl.  Frankl was a neurologist and psychologist who developed logotherapy, a type of psychotherapy or analysis which focuses on a will to meaning rather than a will to power (Adler via Nietzsche) or will to pleasure (Freud).  Frankl was a Holocaust survivor who wrote about his experiences as an inmate at Auschwitz, Turkheim, and Dachau.  You can read more about Frankl by visiting sites such as: http://www.viktorfrankl.org/e/lifeandwork.html, http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/frankl.html and http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/viktor-frankl

“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 bear 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.” Vicktor Frankl

I dedicate this article to so many of our adult students who have left their homelands in search of a better life for their families, to those who have come here leaving their language, their culture, careers, and everything they know for a dream that something better here will change the future of their children and give meaning to their sacrifices and their lives.  I also dedicate this article to the teachers of these students whose mission it is to help them find that hope and meaning.

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