I posted The Story of Zac Smith (from the fathers perspective) almost a year ago. Please watch it before reading on.
Just this month a follow up video was released from his wife's perspective:
A Story | Tears of Hope from Adam Kring on Vimeo.
These video's remind me of the profound perspective on suffering and death in Man's Search for Meaning.
To quote further from Viktor Frankl's book:
"...But not only creativeness and enjoyment are meaningful. If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete." (Pg 76)I have a great respect for these videos because they confront suffering unabashedly, understanding it as a reality of the human experience.
As Viktor recalls from his experience in the Auschwitz concentration camp:
Suffering had become a task on which we did not want to turn our backs. We had realized its hidden opportunities for achievements, the opportunities which cause the poet Rilke to write, "Wie viel ist augzuleiden!" (How much suffering there is to get through!) Rilke spoke of "getting through suffering" as others would talk of "getting through work." There was plenty of suffering for us to get through. Therefore, it was necessary to face up to the full amount of suffering, trying to keep moment of weakness and furtive tears to a minimum. But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the great of courage, the courage to suffer. (Pg 86)