“…strive to see pain as the mother of joy.”

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Why so much suffering?

From Wikipedia:

“All sentient beings suffer during their lives, in diverse manners, and often dramatically. No field of human activity deals with the whole subject of suffering, but many are concerned with its nature and processes, its origin and causes, its meaning and significance, its related personal, social, and cultural behaviors, its remedies, management, and uses.”

Aldous Huxley:

“At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.”

Emily Dickinson:
“Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.”

Fritz Williams:

“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. ln those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.”

Helen Keller:

“The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”


“Men who suffer not, attain no perfection. The plant most pruned by the gardeners is that one which, when the summer comes, will have the most beautiful blossoms and the most abundant fruit.

“The labourer cuts up the earth with his plough, and from that earth comes the rich and plentiful harvest. The more a man is chastened, the greater is the harvest of spiritual virtues shown forth by him. A soldier is no good General until he has been in the front of the fiercest battle and has received the deepest wounds.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 50


4 thoughts on ““…strive to see pain as the mother of joy.”

  1. This is probably one of the most moving posts I have ever seen. Thank you so much for posting the raw, and real pain that these poor people suffer each and every day.. sometimes the reality is to easy to ignore unless it is put in your face..

  2. Hello,

    Am “PC” an upcoming recording artist am doing a song entitled “Be the Light”. The song is about the human suffering around the world and good leadership. I would like to use the photo above on the front of this CD Cover to better illustrate the message in the song.

    May I have your written consent to do so? Thank you in advanced!

  3. this is just horrible the government says we are so great but look at how many people are suffering and we are just standing and watching if we going to do that our hands should be covered in blood and be stained for all of eternity and we shall live in suffering while others stand and watch.

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