Wisdom from a man who endured the most terrible kind of suffering and persecution, including starvation, abuse, torture, and losing his beloved wife, imprisoned in concentration camps during WWII:
“The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity – even under the most difficult circumstances – to add deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not.”
– Victor Frankl
We all have that choice every day. Will we be brave, dignified and unselfish? Or will we forget our human dignity?