Thursday, April 17, 2008

Equilibrium April 17, 2008


In the universal human search for meaning, there are almost as many answers as there are people. This is often organized into our religions, cultures, nations and communities. Victor Frankl, wrote much of his book “Man’s Search for Meaning” while encarcerated in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. My own mentor and teacher, Eugene Heimler was a contemporary of Frankl and was another survivor of Auschwitz. Heimler’s books included “Survival in Society” which eventually became the basis for my own work and books.

Both of those great teachers sought to understand life’s meaning, largely as a result of their living in a totally negative and, one might imagine, meaningless environment. What they wrote about was their own experience. This brings me to the conclusion that the meaning of life - its whole point – is simply to experience it. And our duty is to relate our experience. And listen to the experience of others.

That’s how we will learn. And grow. And hopefully, never allow anyone to experience the same again. At home, in our work places, in our relationships with others, when we create the opportunity to share experience, everyone’s lives become more meaningful and worthwhile.
In peace

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