Thanks to a tip from @Factotum , I now have on my phone’s home screen an icon that takes me to a “On this day in History” website.
Disturbingly, I learned that today in history was the 100th anniversary of the founding of a party in Germany. Thirty years after its founding, it was permanently banned from that country.
In the 1960s, this ban resulted in the Star Trek episode “Patterns of Force” being kept off of German television.
Today got me thinking about a psychiatrist who survived the death camps during World War II. An observer of the human condition, Victor Frankl noticed that some men in the camp gave up quickly and soon died. Others held on longer than it would seem possible in the face of such inhumanity.
Frankl wanted to know why these men lived. What was special about them. Were they braver? Stronger? Did they appear smarter in some way?
Dr. Frankl figured out that none of these possibilities was the reason why these men survived. What he found at its core is that these men had a reason to live. There was meaning to their not giving up. Some decided that they wanted to live to tell their grandchildren what happened so that it never happened again. Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Victor Frankl was the result of those experiences and the lessons learned for living a meaningful life.