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Audio April 23, 2013 Lesson 92
Viktor Frankl, in Man’s Search for Meaning writes of being in a Concentration Camp – Auschwitz – and of “the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread…
They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone…Dostoyevski said once, “There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”” –p 104-105.
“So the false self of the fallen apostle slipped away. It was enough…he saw no more enemies, he knew no more danger, he feared no more death…flinging the fold of his mantle over his head, he, too, like Judas rushed forth into the night…but not as Judas, into…outer darkness…but [instead] to “meet the morning dawn.”..If the angel of Innocence had left him, the angel of Repentance took him gently by the hand…this broken-hearted penitent…and…his old shame, his old weakness, his old self, was doomed to that death of godly sorrow which was to issue in a new and nobler birth.” – Frederic Farrar, The Life of Christ, 604.
“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness…” – Malcom Muggeridge