|"Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?"
Paul Gauguin, 1897, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
During a mass starvation inflicted by the Nazis on the prisoners in Auschwitz, Dr. Frankl encouraged his fellow prisoners by telling them that for everyone in a dire condition there is someone looking down from above: a friend, a family member, or even God who would not want to be disappointed. He told them that even as suffering prisoners they all had the freedom to choose their response to life and they could choose to have hope.
During the American Civil War, an unknown Confederate Soldier wrote this poem:
I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.