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A Word with You - Sept. 14, 2010

  • 2010 Sep 14


Sunsets in the Puddles

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Some of the worst stories of human brutality in history came out of Hitler's concentration camps in World War II. But out of those camps also came some incredible examples of human triumph and heroism. Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust in the infamous Auschwitz death camp, told some of those stories in his book. He testified that some of those in Auschwitz were surviving better after a year than some did after only a few days. He said that those who didn't sink were those who drew their outlook from what he described as a second dimension experience.

All the prisoners in the camp shared the same first dimension experience - the terrible horrors they were subjected to every day. But this second dimension that some drew upon had, according to Victor Frankl, four elements - seeing meaning, seeing beauty, maintaining humor, and thinking future. One example that stands out in my mind was the man who ran into the barracks one day, gathered all his fellow prisoners together to go outside and see something special. He was actually celebrating the beauty of a blazing sunset reflected in the puddles from last night's rain.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
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