Man’s Search for Meaning
- In what ways does the concept of “Will to Meaning” show up in the book?
- “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.” What does this mean? Do you agree?
- Is suffering necessary to growth?
- Why do you think Frankl emphasized the need for mental strength over physical strength as the path to survival? Do you agree with his rationale?
- What might have motivated some prisoners to acts of relative compassion while others in the same circumstances were not compassionate?
- Is there any justification for the ways in which the Capos treated their fellow prisoners? What might explain this?
- Does Frankl legitimately create meaning from his and others’ suffering, or do his ideas fall short of their goal?
- What aspects of the concentration camps seem most designed to cause existential crises?
- Are the stages of a prisoner’s experience (shock, apathy, etc.) the only ways to survive their experiences, or do other ways exist?
- What aspects of the narrative had the most power for you?
- In what ways was this narrative similar to other Holocaust narratives you have read/seen? What were the primary differences?
- Any other topics you wish to discuss.
These are the questions we will start with tomorrow. Feel free to prepare in advance.