Friday, May 28, 2010

Cancer and "Man's Search for Meaning"

I guess I'm not the first to draw a connection between Frankl's work and the lives of cancer patients.  Robert Young, creator of the Phoenix5 prostate cancer site, in 2001:

Viktor Frankl survived four Nazi concentration camps and was witness to men who had no reason to live, who felt they would be better off dead and yet he counseled them to live in the worst conditions and situations that any people have possibly ever endured.

Substitute "cancer" for "concentration camp" and "patient" for "prisoner" and - in my opinion - his insights apply to our (collective) situation and they can offer inspiration.

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