The book illustrates the experience of a psychologist in a concentration camp during the odious Holocaust. Battling with the mental dreads and also the physical ones, we get to see through the eyes of an actual prisoner from a psychological point of view, giving the readers a different perspective of life itself.
Viktor managed to intertwine the tough times in a concentration camp with our daily life and how we react to reality psychologically. Really great insight from Viktor, definitely recommended for anyone and whoever you are, especially if you are still in search for the ‘meaning’ of life, if there is one.
9/10, indeed a revolutionary piece of psychology plus experience. I hereby be quoting from the book in order to give the raw and true gist from the author himself.
“The prisoner who had lost faith in the future- his future- was doomed. With his loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and became subject to mental and physical decay.”
“There are two races of men in the world, but only these two- the ‘race’ of the decent and the ‘race’ of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; no group is of ‘pure race’.”
“Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into more arbitariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness.”
“Unnecessary suffering is masochistic rather than heroic. One cannot change a situation that causes his suffering, he can still choose his attitude.”
“Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.”
“The world is in a bad state, but everything will become worse unless each of us does his best.”