I absolutely adore this passage from Man’s Search for Meaning and I honestly think that Viktore Frankl’s mental strength is extraordinary. Not only did he manage to endure what he did, but he was still able to step back and evaluate what was going on around him as well as enabling himself periods of self reflection.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth-that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire.
Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of human is through love and in love.
I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for the brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when a man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honourable way-in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfilment.
For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words,”The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.”
– Viktore Frankl, “A Man’s Search for Meaning”