Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Boy in Striped Pajamas

A nurse suggested this movie to me and it was excellent. I had a massive headache by the end- it deals with the concentration camps- a young German boy goes with his family to live by one when his father is promoted as a general. The view from his window shows the camp, which his mother was not aware was so close, or to the extent that they hurt the Jews. Bruno, the boy befriends a young jew his age through the barbed wire fence initially thinking they are farmers in pajamas.
So it got me digging out the book Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
A read I am sure most have you have read and if not you should. Viktor is a psychiatrist by profession so his insights being in the camp are very profound. In the Afterforward it reads: "Even when confronted by loss and sadness, Frankl's optimism, his constant affirmation of and exuberance about life, led him to insist that hope and positive energy can turn challenges into triumphs. In Man's Search for Meaning, he hastens to add that suffering is not necessary to find meaning only that "meaning is possible in spite of suffering" '
I will include some other underlined quotes I have

"We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at is best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into triumph, to turn one's predicament into a human achievement. When we are no longer able to change a situation- just think of an incurable disease such as inoperable cancer- we are challenged to change ourselves. " p. 112

"I remember one day a foreman secretly gave me a piece of bread which I knew he must have saved from his breakfast ration. It was far more than the small piece of bread which moved me to tears at the time. It was the human "something" which this man gave to me- the word and look which accompanied the gift."

"The right example was more effective than words could ever be."

"For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen by not caring about it. "

The whole thing is quote worthy!

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