A Dictionary of New Epigrams
The more clearly you see the world as it is, as opposed to the way you wish it to be, the less disillusionment you will be forced to suffer.
Some seem to believe that if you suffer greatly you will be improved and find a way to the happiest form of life, but my observation is that the more you experience an emotion the more skilled you become in experiencing its nuances.
Pain may come your way, but you are responsible for converting that experience to suffering or sublimating it into something worthwhile to yourself and others, and you choose your own path.
Bodily pain is your evolved body informing you are doing something that is detrimental to its well-being; mental suffering is converting pain into something that is hurting your emotional well-being.
If you have some pain or suffering you might consider finding the cause, and the precursors to the cause, and changing them.
Others may control your bodily pain, but you control your mental suffering.
Pain, suffering, sorrow shut down our willingness to explore new ideas, and new ways of doing things, and they impede us from finding a better way.
Suffering often turns people to grasp for a better situation, and leaves them exposed to opportunists who will offer fantastic opportunities, for a price.
Some claim that wisdom comes from suffering, but they fail to mention that the wisest gurus gained their wisdom from observing the behavior and suffering of others.
Many people complain that their life has painful problems, but it seems that few are willing to avoid the obvious causes of their problems, and thus choose to live in pain.
When you choose to recognize the temporary quality of your life, your possessions, and of every other thing, you can see what needs to be done.
Why is it we follow those who have led miserable lives and ignore those who are tranquil and contented? Following miserable people will probably bring one to misery.
Popular culture reveres pain and suffering and makes foolish lives seem meaningful. People seen solving their problems easily are boring and to be avoided.