Man's Search for Meaning Questions and Answers
by Viktor Emil Frankl

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How can I use quotes from Man's Search for Meaning to answer the following question? The consequences of unconsciousness and unexamined judgments, prejudice, assumptions, stereotypes and "ways of seeing" can be deeply tragic. Explain how these consequences can lead to human disconnection, marginalization, hatred and even the most brutal acts of violence and destruction against individuals and groups.

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Frankl shows that even the people who are the subjects of violence on the basis of arbitrary, dehumanizing categories--Frankl himself was consigned to concentration camps for no other reason than being Jewish--can internalize the dehumanization and "ways of seeing" of the captors. As he writes:

On the average, only those prisoners could keep alive who, after years of trekking from camp to camp, had lost all scruples in their fight for existence; they were prepared to use every means, honest and otherwise, even brutal force, theft, and betrayal of their friends, in order to save themselves. We who have come back, by the aid of many lucky chances or miracles—whatever one may choose to call them—we know: the best of us did not return.

I will give just a few examples of stereotyping and "ways of seeing" leading to brutalization and dehumanization. Almost any page of the book will offer more examples. What...

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