sábado, 7 de mayo de 2016

RESENDING -- Finding the meaning of life in Auschwitz [THANKS TO THE ELVES]


Apologies for resending the newsletter. We had some problems with the server and a couple of stories were deleted, causing a mix-up in the links. Hopefully the issue has been sorted out.  . 
The famous Harvard philosopher Willard Quine was once asked what the meaning of life was. He responded: “"Life is algid, life is fulgid. Life is what the least of us make most of us feel the least of us make the most of. Life is a burgeoning, a quickening of the dim primordial urge in the murky wastes of time".
In other words, what a stupid,stupid question. I suspect that many people would agree with him, unfortunately. The British comedy team Monty Python called one of their irreverent films The Meaning of Life, which implied that the question was stupid and all answers were absurd.
I suspect that Viktor Frankl, the Holocaust survivor and psychologist, would have regarded these responses as not just daft but dangerous. Without meaning in their lives, people die; he saw it happen before him many times. Frankl has an important message for our era. Taking advantage of a couple of anniversaries, two of our stories below will give you a taste of his inspiring ideas

Michael Cook
The Hippocratic Oath: quaint relic or solemn vow?
Philip Hawley, Jr | FEATURES | 6 May 2016
Many who disparage the classic oath are drawn to the beauty of its virtues
Finding meaning in the horrors of a deathcamp
Michael Cook | FEATURES | 7 May 2016
Viktor Frankl created a new kind of psychology after surviving Auschwitz
7 astonishing quotes from Auschwitz survivor Viktor Frankl
Michael Cook | FEATURES | 7 May 2016
The famous psychologist survived because he knew that even the most brutal moments in life have a meaning
Russia’s demographic good news
Marcus Roberts | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY | 6 May 2016
But can the figures be trusted?
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