Frankl describes men who became instigators rather than the objects. They became the oppressors. Expressions often came out in insignificant ways.
“Only slowly could these men be guided back to the commonplace truth that no one has the right to do wrong, not even if wrong has been done to them. We had to strive to lead them back to this truth, or the consequences would have been much worse…”
Perhaps man’s redemption is buried in the truth that no man has the right to do wrong. No matter how much evil or sorrow is suffered. We have a choice. As Frankl pointed out, it’s in our sufferings that we are afforded a chance to obtain an inner human greatness that ordinary circumstances could never offer.
Frankl is right.
There is no amount of good that can compensate for the cruelty he and his fellow prisoners suffered. Nor can any amount of help given to orphans relieve the pain of a grieving mother. What is also true is that we each have to seek out goodness in the most tragic of circumstances.
The paradox is profound and hard to grasp intellectually. It must be lived to achieve. Therein suffering finds its purpose. The good that comes of it, cannot be assigned to us by others, or even pointed out. We must find it for ourselves.
Before Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter died, he wrote this song to remind him to appreciate the moments he had left with his little girls. One can only imagine how sorrow has watered the truth embedded in this song for the Chapman family.
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