Viktor Frankl’s Valentine


It is the season of the heart.  The stores are filled with cards and candy and other assorted gifts designed to express love.  Some are sweet.  Some are sappy.  None are as profound as the words that follow.

“And as we stumbled on for miles, slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another up and onward, nothing was said, but we both knew: each of us was thinking of his wife. Occasionally I looked at the sky, where the stars were fading and the pink light of the morning was beginning to spread behind a dark bank of clouds. But my mind clung to my wife’s image, imagining it with an uncanny acuteness. I heard her answering me, saw her smile, her frank and encouraging look. Real or not, her look was then more luminous than the sun, which was beginning to rise.

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 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 man is through love and in love.

…I did not know whether my wife was alive, and I had no means of finding out (during all my prison life there was no outgoing or incoming mail); but at that moment it ceased to matter. There was no need for me to know; nothing could touch the strength of my love, my thoughts, and the image of my beloved.”

(From Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl)

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3 Responses to Viktor Frankl’s Valentine

  1. cqhuynh72 says:

    Thank you for the Viktor Frankl’s posting! I really like it. Love is indeed the answer. Thanks for reminding us that love is an amazing force for peace and healing.

  2. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Will Halamandaris says:

    What I see everyday is proof of this. Looking at the way that my parents look at each other, I can see it. They seem to be unscathed no matter what, they seem to be above it all. I know they have accomplished that highest and ultimate goal, and they inspire me to do so as well. Thanks you for posting this, and for reminding me how blessed I am.

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