What is human suffering? How does humanity understand/cope with human suffering? How do you reconcile suffering?

1634 WordsMay 27, 20027 Pages
Human suffering is universal and inescapable. When there is joy, there is pain waiting to happen. When there is pain, an individual always tries to escape it. Humans are faced with hardships in life, and along with those hardships come emotional distress and pain. Humans attempt to understand the reasoning for suffering, the inflicting pain and stress that they have to endure. Humans cannot resolve their own problems, they turn to God or another form of religion to answer questions about the imperfections of life. The complexity of human suffering is hard to grasp because of its infinite forms, which makes it difficult to escape from. Although humans suffer regardless of their age, race, or gender, they suffer in different ways. Some…show more content…
Some attempt to understand and cope with the problems they face in life. In making a point, Peter Gomes quotes, "[humans] scattered again, as we always do, back to the demands and diversions of this troublous life, pondering the meaning of suffering, the purpose of life and trying to make sense of it all" (Gomes 401). As an individual, one tries unlock the mystery of life, attempting to understand why it functions as it does. The more one is able to understand the meaning of life, they would be able to adapt to the misfortunes of life. Walpola Rahula states in "The Four Noble Truths" that humans "must take account of the pleasures of life as well as of its pains and sorrows, and also of freedom from them in order to understand life completely and objectively. Only then is true liberation possible" (Rahula 19). One must understand all phases of suffering, appreciating unfairness of life in order to attain serenity, and the value of life. As Gomes put it, "it is not how long you live, but how well you live with what you have . . . " (Gomes 401). The choices that a person makes in life affects themselves, accepting the consequences of those choices that he/she makes. It is the individual that only know what is best for him or her, knowing how to structure their life. When fate does not allow one to make certain choices or enjoy certain things in life, people find alternatives to their problems. Like Kusher, who did not choose for his son to die or suffer a deadly
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