more engaging and enjoyable than I expected. Towards the end I wanted/expected more from her, that recovery would bring with it reflection or introspemore engaging and enjoyable than I expected. Towards the end I wanted/expected more from her, that recovery would bring with it reflection or introspection that insanity cannot house. ...more
I admire/envy his certainty - p67 "Not only creativeness and enjoyment are meaningful. If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meanI admire/envy his certainty - p67 "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. " p71 "Regarding our "provisional experience" as unreal was in itself an important factor in causing the prisoner's to lose their hold on life; everything in a way became pointless. Such people forgot that often is it just such an exceptionally difficult external situation which gives man the opportunity to grow spiritually beyond himself. Instead of taking the camp's difficulties as a test of their inner strength, they did not take their life seriously and despised it as something of no consequence. They preferred to close their eyes and to live in the past. Life for such people became meaningless." p71 "Both I and my troubles became the object of an interesting psychoscientific study undertaken by myself. What does Spinoza say in his Ethics? ... Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it." p77 "We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct."
a compelling critique of the simplification of social psychology, giving due credit to the courage of individuals. Also some insight into perpetuating cycles of abuse: p90 "A man who has been under such enormous mental pressure for such a long time is naturally in some danger after his liberation, especially since the pressure was released quite suddenly. This danger... is the psychological equivalent of the bends... people with nature of a more primitive kind could not escape the influences of the brutality which had surrounded them in camp life. Now, being free, they thought they could use their freedom licentiously and ruthlessly. The only thing that had changed for them was that they were now the oppressors instead of the oppressed. ... No one has the right to do wrong, even if wrong has been done to them."
p92 "A man who for years had thought he had reached the absolute limit of all possible suffering now found that suffering has no limits, and that he could suffer still more, and still more intensely."
p101 "Values, however, do not drive a man; they do not push him but rather pull him... what is implicitly referred to is the fact that there is always freedom involved."
p104 "A man's concern, even his despair, over the worthwhileness of life is a spiritual distress but by no means a mental disease."...more
**spoiler alert** My great disappointment with this book is that we follow Alice through all the events, confrontations and general tough shit of the**spoiler alert** My great disappointment with this book is that we follow Alice through all the events, confrontations and general tough shit of the first two years after the rape, but with little insight into her psychological recovery and growth. Then in the Aftermath section, in the span of a few pages, we learn that she's continued impartial healing and self-destructive behaviours for over a decade. Now, there's nothing wrong with taking time to heal, but please have the courage to write about that, and not just walk your reader through traumaporn. ...more