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What enables people to be real survivors—to overcome extreme challenges—and to help others too?

One of my favorite comic-strip characters is Mafalda. I recall her saying to her friend Felipe: "Look what it says here: 'Know thyself.' How about that, Felipe?"

"I think it's excellent!" he says. "What's more, from now on, I'll start practicing it! Yes, sir! I won't stop until I come to know myself—to know who I really am!" Then he pauses to wonder, "My goodness! What if I don't like myself?" Joaquin Salvador Lavado (Quino), Malfalda, 4 (Buenos Aires: Ediciones de la Flor, 1987).

This is an important question that concerns all of us. We all want to know ourselves, that is, understand who we really are. In the Old Testament there's a story of a man who did know himself. He loved his identity so much—his spiritual identity as God's child—that he always thought and acted in accordance with it; he was always faithful to it in spite of the severe challenges he had to face. This man was Joseph.

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