Tomasz Kowalczyk percussion
Books that Move Us
Man's Search for MeaningWritten by Viktor Frankl
For me this book’s message is that, no matter how dire the circumstances that we find ourselves in can be, we have a choice of how to respond, and that if we can find true meaning to our lives, we can be able to withstand these situations with grace and have a chance to persevere at the end. I can say that I might have not stuck with the career in music if it wasn’t for this important lesson.
“An enduring work of survival literature,” according to the New York Times, Viktor Frankl’s riveting account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of the worst adversity, has offered solace and guidance to generations of readers since it was first published in 1946. At the heart of Frankl’s theory of logotherapy (from the Greek word for “meaning”) is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what the individual finds meaningful. Today, as new generations face new challenges and an ever more complex and uncertain world, Frankl’s classic work continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living, in spite of all obstacles.
Picked by Tomasz Kowalczyk, Principal Percussion