That much quoted sentence from Nietzsche should be a candle in the cave to anyone stumbling around in the dark, lost and confused, beaten down by adversity, and caught up in a routine seemingly empty of meaning and hope.
Joe, age 27, works as an apprentice carpenter. Every weekday morning he leaves his mobile home at seven and drives into town, where he joins an on-site construction crew. Joe works hard, learns quickly, and has earned the respect of his foreman and the others in his crew. At five o’clock, he returns home to his girlfriend and her two children. Miranda’s alcoholic husband deserted her two years earlier, and she and her children, ages four and three, have lived for a year with Joe.