My Reading List
I’ve found that listing books I’ve read motivates me to read more.
Want to Read
- Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me):
Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
- A Canticle for Leibowitz
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
1. Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl’s classic 1946 account of the psychology of the experiences of inmates at Auschwitz concentration camp.
The key points are classic and now well known: “The prisoner who had lost faith in the future-his future-was doomed”, “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how,” ““The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance” and “What a man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.”
Though I expect none of us will find ourselves in situations as dire as that Auschwitz; we do face daily and continuous choices of how to respond to life’s distractions, inequities and trials. This short read is a reminder that we have a responsibility to be thoughtful and intentional in our attitudes.