The Benefits of Suffering

Pain is inevitable and so is suffering. Many believe otherwise, but suffering is not optional. Those who disagree inevitability deny the nature of existence and as long as there are hearts and consciences, there will be suffering. We can bury our humanity. We can cremate our care, but what we can’t do is deny our humanity or at least what’s left of it. In this world, can we realistically and consciously choose not to suffer? When bureaucracies bleed dry the heart of humanity, can we really not suffer as a result? I don’t think so. As in the Japanese movie, Ikiru, the cowardly bureaucrats ignore the plight of the people. They take no risks. They sit down, shut up, and obey their orders. This is the pitiful nature of the bureaucrat. They prioritize keeping their jobs, not challenging the status quo over improving their own community. It is a sorrowful situation, but doesn’t this sound familiar? After all, bureaucrats today are so terrified of endangering their means of a regular income that they end up valuing self-interest over compassion. Staying employed is the chief priority. Being a good person is at best secondary. Despite these moral failings, their fear over losing status is actually valid. A civilization centered around money has little to no remorse. Without a respectable livelihood, our society, which is only civil on the surface, swiftly casts you out. You will be stigmatized and quarantined. It will be as if you were infected with a deadly contagion. Is this what it means to be human? We forsake and despise each other for such insignificant conditions of life. This is what happens when we permit suffering to fester and destroy ourselves. We can do better. We can do better by channeling our collective suffering into bettering the world.

Humans are undergoing a harrowing spiritual development. The process is painful. It will evoke emotional turmoil, and that will be good because some lessons aren’t learned without such suffering. Jesus never said virtue brought privilege and luxury. He never said growth was painless. We now must concentrate and pay attention or else we might miss our chance in constructing a better world. We feel the twisting, gnawing pain. This feeling is important as it sends to us a warning. The pain hints that civilization lost its way. However, the suffering we endure can forge us into real warriors. It can motivate us to correct the course of civilization. Pain is merely a signal of dysfunction. Suffering though, if channeled properly, is crucial in bettering ourselves and the world. Through suffering, we must understand who we surround ourselves with. This involves recognizing the impostors in the midst of the real warriors. These impostors are overcome by their suffering and furiously try to convert us to their rigid point of view. We call them social justice warriors, and they employ tactics such as shaming, blaming, victimizing, and pleading to grow their membership. When debating them, there can be no alternative. There’s no acknowledged opposition to their holy dogma. Jesus didn’t make this mistake. As the Warrior King, He did not fasten collars around our necks and yank our leashes. There is no coercion with Him. He didn’t propagate a narrative of victimization. He did not lose control over His emotions when a challenging point of view was expressed or a differing course of action was proposed.

His actions demonstrate why suffering, if used right, can reveal the mistakes to which we’ve blinded ourselves. How insufferable would life be if we knew the truth and were surrounded by bumbling blind, deaf mutes who consistently made the same mistakes over and over again? The authentic warrior knows when to be gentle and when to be firm, when to forcibly speak out and when to refrain from uttering a word. We develop this skill through suffering, from living in a world of cowardly bureaucrats and self-righteous, self-victimizing SJWs. Fight for what you believe in but high-pitched screeching, vicious belittling, and pitiful whimpering does not get a valid point across. If we want to graduate into the real warrior class, we’d better stop letting our suffering dictate our actions. A sound mind is a pleasant mind. If we really do have a valid argument, there’d be no point in attacking those who aren’t convinced of the validity of our argument. None of us know the absolute truth and with this in mind, we understand that getting sucked into a battle of wits makes us all losers. Even those who ridicule our criticisms don’t deserve the violent wrath of an SJW. Acknowledge the suffering. Give it no special treatment. Don’t shove it away in disgust, and don’t embrace it in the hopes that it can be soothed like a baby. Relax and let ourselves ease into the suffering, and then we’ll see. We’ll see that all humans, including you and me, know next to nothing about ourselves and the world we live in. Let’s stop fighting against suffering and start fighting for the release of the human species from the boiling, blistering hell swamp it created.

We know it’s difficult to move in this swamp. We know, even with this awe-inspiring technology, we’re still the lost, afraid humans we always were. The narcissists command the world to bow down to them and grow bitter when it doesn’t comply. The hedonists command pleasure to stay within their grasp and grow bitter when that too doesn’t comply. They’ve succumbed to their suffering. Though their suffering presents an opportunity to change their ways. This is why the sun maims us. The truth places a mirror in front of our faces. We’re wounded because as we open our eyes, we see the horrible, excruciating reality. We no longer see ourselves as who we wish to be but who we really are and right now, we must confront the ugly face of humanity. Let’s see ourselves without the ostentation obscuring our vision. Don’t close your eyes. Don’t turn your head because that’s what the narcissists do. Don’t let your head sink into your pelvis because that is what the hedonists do. Lies and appetites can destroy us, and we can’t go on like this forever. The temperature is rising. Our emotions are growing less manageable, and our patience is running thin. Our pain reliably sends us a distress call. Our suffering can be used to answer that call. This will be the call that leads out of this hell. On the other hand, if we allow it, our suffering can help dig us deeper and deeper into the hell swamp. Which will be our approach to suffering? What kind of karma shall we assign to ourselves?