Updated: Oct 9, 2019
Something I have found myself pondering over in the last few months is the concept of SUFFERING.
Witnessing it in many variations across the planet, whether it be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually- or in all forms simultaneously for that matter.
May it be the loss of a close family member, mass killings posed against womyn or religious groups, mental illness and having limited access to help, or being stuck in a codependent relationship that destroys you, but keeps you coming back for more. We all at some point feel the affects of grief, and what it means to truly suffer.
Which ultimately begs me to ask… must suffering be a part of the human experience? Is some extent of life about suffering? What conditions would have to take place for suffering not to be a part of the human condition? And must we endure it in order to understand the contrast of it- pleasure, joy and elation?
First and foremost, let us address What is Suffering…
According to a basic dictionary definition:
Suffering is the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship…it is pain that is caused by injury, illness, loss, etc.: physical, mental, or emotional pain.
According to Christian text:
Suffering is “God’s plan” for us to grow with intention and purpose. Proverbs 16:4 says