by Discussions regarding Nazi Germany, Concentration Camps, and the 6 million Jews who died during the holocaust has always been a subject that has been difficult to discuss with my wife. You see most of my wife’s family were murdered during this horrific chapter in human history.
Almost 60 years later, this multi-generational scar continues to run deep in my family, and no doubt other families around the world.
So I wasn’t surprised, that Iris did not wish to discuss with me Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning.
I have always been focused on personal values, unique ability, purpose, meaning. When I was discussing this book with my daughter she reminded me that from her earliest recollection, she could recall my narrative. We each have a special talent to give to the world. Our purpose is to discover it, and share it to help make the world a better place.
As written in the forward-
Man’s Search for Meaning is one of the great books of our time. Typically, if a book has one passage, one idea with the power to change a person’s life, that alone justifies reading it, rereading it, and finding room for it on one’s shelves. This book has several such passages. It is first of all a book about survival. Like so many German and East European Jews who thought themselves secure in the 1930s, Frankl was cast into the Nazi network of concentration and extermination camps. Miraculously he survived, in the biblical phrase “a brand plucked from the fire.” But his account in this book is less about his travails, what he suffered and lost, than it is about the sources of his strength to survive. Several times in the source of the book, Frankl approvingly quotes the words of Nietzsche:’ He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How.” He describes poignantly those prisoners who gave up on life, who had lost all hope for a future and were inevitably the first to die. They died less from lack of food or medicine than from lack of hope, lack of something to live for.
These words have a deep meaning for me personally. I need to wake up for a reason, with a mission, with a purpose. This philosophy continues to help me when talking about money with my family, clients, and friends. Money also needs a purpose. That purpose is unique for everyone.
Since money touches every part of our life, I believe if you find the purpose of money, you may find the purpose of your life.