“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” (Viktor Frankl).
Why some people survive painful experience and others don’t. It’s the power of choice. The choice to be free will empower everyone to overcome painful experiences.
When we have no hope, we fall into dispair.
Despair = Suffering – Meaning
Viktor Frankl says in this video, summarizing his theory of logotherapy, which I’ve read at greater length in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. In other words, if people suffer but see meaning in their life, and even in their suffering, they do not despair, as he himself did not despair when he was in Auschwitz and other concentration camps.