While not a technically difficult read, it is emotionally difficult, at least for me. My first impression was, "this man suffered far, far worse than I have and yet did better than me. Crap, I'm weak." It's a valid evaluation as this man went on to live a long and fruitful life without becoming horribly bitter or resentful. He suffered his torments well but as to the how, he merely states:
If someone now asked of us the truth of Dostoevski's statement that flatly defines man as a being who can get used to anything, we would reply, "Yes, a man can get used to anything, but do not ask us how."I can relate. When I've told others of my experiences in med school, they often ask how did I survive that? I'd shrug my shoulders and say, "I have no idea but I never want to go through that again." But the again part is here, yet again. So do I trust that I will make it through yet one more time and at the end, shrug my shoulders and say, "I have no idea how I survived"?