The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much fear, confusion, stress, sorrow, disasters for many of us. Victor Frankl has taught us that we must find a redemptive view on our suffering to be able to survive. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning discusses the Holocaust and his experience in four concentration camps. Many have felt intense fear, destitution, and loss. I have been asking many doctors for a quick answer to the question: what is the redemptive value in all of this Covid-19 pain and suffering?
Dr. Zidi Berger’s thoughts on our collective redemptive experience with COVID:
“Covid-19 has drastically change the world as we knew it; and has given us the opportunity to come back to ourselves to have a time of introspection and to think about it, how are we going to move forward, grow up as human beings, how are we going to perfect ourselves in these times? Not just physically but mentally, psychologically, spiritually to be able to move forward and give the best of ourselves to the rest of humanity. So, this is a time to really focus and come up to the best self we can find and the best ideas so we can share them with other people who need them just like us. That is what I think.”
Have a blessed weekend.
Seann and Dohrea Bardell
Man’s Search For Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
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