Book Discussion on 18th November in Nairobi, Kenya

UBUCHINDAMI: BOOK DISCUSSION


MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VICTOR E. FRANKL


ON 18TH NOVEMBER 2006 AT MAMBA VILLAGE NAIROBI



THEME: WHO AM I?



The World Youth Alliance – Africa is pleased to invite you for a day of fun and book discussion on November 18th at Mamba Village Nairobi.


The book for discussion is Man’s Search for Meaning by Vicktor Frankl. The book is an exploration of the nature of the human person by a man who had seen all external signs of human dignity stripped away by the cruel conditions of a Nazi concentration camp. Frankl observes the suffering of his fellow prisoners, and discovers important truths about the human person. Frankl describes the amazing resilience of the human person, and the ability for man to retain his dignity, even when he has lost all else. Frankl gives us a better understanding of our work promoting the dignity of the human person, and in the end, a better understanding of who we are.


“We need to stop asking about the meaning of life and instead we need to think of ourselves as those who are being questioned by life daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in the right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answers to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which constantly sets for individuals.”  Victor Frankl words.


PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES


 Time                                                Activity























10:30


Arrival and gathering at Hilton Bata


11:00


Departure for Mamba village


11:30


Arrival and a brief tour of Mamba Village.


12:00


Discussion of the book


1:30


Lunch


2:00


Socialization and games


3:00


Conclusions and Departure


Questions for discussions


1. Describe a particular example from the first part of Frankl’s book, “Experiences in a Concentration Camp,” that had an impact on you.


2.  Based on your reading of “Experiences in a Concentration Camp,” what did you learn about the human person?


3.  Frankl observed that prisoners, including himself, became apathetic to pain and suffering. Do  you think this lack of emotion is a necessary defense mechanism?


4.  

Discuss the relationship between the will and the body.


5.  What do your life experiences mean in the context of logo therapy?


6.  Do you agree with ideas presented in Frankl’s book? Discuss your answers.


7.     How relevant are Frankl’s ideas in relation to the perception of the human person and  meaning of life in your culture?



Things to carry along


1.     Packed Lunch


2.     Read the book or articles related


3.     Bus fare Ksh50 to and fro.


4.     Entrance fee Ksh100


 


Note:


· Mamba village is among Nairobi

‘s top tourist attraction centre. It is located near the Bomas of Kenya in the Langata area. The village plays host to various reptiles.


Board matatu Number 126 and alight off Tangaza College.


All interested participants will meet at Hilton Bata at 10:30 am


Members from other countries are also encouraged to form small groups and discuss the book.


 Please register with Africa@wya.net  by 13th November 2006 (Kenyan members only)