Strength and character are not mere words.
Recently I became aware of Ingrid Betancourt, author of Even The Silence Has An End: My Six Years of Captivity in The Colombian Jungle. Betancourt is a Colombian politician and presidential candidate held hostage by leftist guerrillas since February 23rd 2002. Her journey through the Colombian jungle and through her own mind are documented in her memoir.
While reading the account of her captivity, it was not simply the adverse inhuman living conditions reflected in the natural surroundings of the jungle but the cruelty of the captor that caused me to question my own ability to survive a similar ordeal.
The thoughts of endurance necessary to live one's life and be one's self surface.
The recounting of the time in captivity and the ability to come through was due in part to Betancourt's understanding of her fears, each day, hour and minute for six-and-a-half years....72 months.
So, perhaps understanding oneself should be considered a duty for life?
Ingrid Betancourt is interviewed on PBS Newshour: