“There are children who like dandelions can thrive almost in any environment…They do well even in conditions of stress and adversity. There are other children who are like orchids, who are extremely sensitive…Under the right nurturing conditions they thrive…But under conditions of adversity…they wilt and they don’t do well.”
-Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, Division of Developmental Medicine, UCSF [1A]
In the wake of World War II, 300 children who had survived the Holocaust were brought to an English estate for rehabilitation . Children who had been torn from their parents’ arms; children who had been imprisoned, beaten, and starved; children who had witnessed murder and atrocities were taught to be human again.
In our inner cities, single mothers struggle to raise children in poverty. Children under the age of ten are killed in drive-by shootings. Children already victimized are further abused in foster care, their parents lost to addiction.
How do we survive tragedy and evil? Why are some broken by circumstances, while others endure? Continue reading