Human Dignity

Viktor Frankl,  Man’s Search for Meaning.

The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. — P.67

Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl

One thought on “Human Dignity

  1. Excellent post! I’m a big fan of Frankl’s work. It sometimes surprises me as to how easily it is for many people to abandon their human dignity and become no more than an animal. I believe that, sadly, the ones who do, but have a conscience, are often the ones who have the hardest time achieving inner peace afterwards. It is likely to me that some of the men who jumped into the Titanic’s lifeboats in terror knocking women and children out of the way may have suffered such fates. The weight of one man could have equaled the combined weights of several children and spared many young lives. The men who weren’t crew members assigned to the life boats knew it and did it anyway. It must have been tough to look honorable people in the eyes or look at themselves in the mirror after that.

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