10. Do not Generalize
Survivors need to realize that there is not only suffering, loss and evil, but also joy, support and loving.
"In a survivor's struggle between life and death, it is necessary to assemble those images and feelings that propel one toward the future."
Many of the survivors he interviewed had been to a "land of death," and returned with possibly grim, but also revitalizing truth which became a demand on the rest of us.
Lifton argues that the most poignant and difficult struggle in recovery is to reinstate a larger human connectedness.
As survivors assimilate knowledge of an annihilating force into altered mental structures, they need to try and maintain harmony with the elements of life over time and space.
As we saw before, recovery entails both looking toward the future and an assertion of the continuity of life.
The resilient individuals in this film accept the dark side of life without being defeated by it.
The Chinese character for crisis consists of two equal symbols: one meaning danger, the other opportunity.
The survivors in this film came back from extreme hardship to take the opportunities that were opened by the very danger which threatened their lives.
Thank you to Dr. Mary Baures for her very enlightening article!