“If we take man as he is,
we make him worse.
But if we take him as he should be,
we make him capable
of becoming what he can be.”
J. W. v. Goethe
Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of Existential Analysis. His best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living. Frankl was one of the key figures in existential therapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.
Put in simpler words: he has given millions of people hope, new confidence in themselves and a good reason to look forward to the next day with a smile. Frankl was one of the greatest thinkers of the last century.
Youtube has a rare video clip from a lecture held in Toronto in the early seventies. It is priceless.