Must We Suffer?

Denise

Must We Suffer?

Denise
red-leaf-178027_640“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” - Buddhist proverb

The New York Times published an opinion piece on Sunday called "The Value of Suffering." The author, Pico Iyer, takes us through thoughts and beliefs about suffering, closing the piece with this thought:

"The only thing worse than assuming you could get the better of suffering, I began to think (though I’m no Buddhist), is imagining you could do nothing in its wake. ...You could be strong enough to witness suffering, and yet human enough not to pretend to be master of it. Sometimes it’s those things we least understand that deserve our deepest trust. Isn’t that what love and wonder tell us, too?"

In essence, our suffering serves a purpose if we let it.

Of course, the readers' comments after the article provide another perspective. Most wrote that they had suffered and so wish they hadn't. Suffering made their lives worse, not better.

I wonder what you think about suffering. You and your caree both suffer. As both a witness and a participant to suffering, how do you view it?

Please share your perspectives in our comments section, below.

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