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Learning to live with pain
September 29, 2014
Hello,

There is a strong and weak hypothesis about the consequences of pain. The weak hypothesis is that enduring, understanding and learning from suffering is an important part of how we grow and develop as human beings. The strong hypothesis is that to endure, understand and learn from suffering is the only way we grow and develop as human beings. I have to say that I definitely incline towards the latter – that for most of us and for most of the time and as we look back on the journey of our life, it is how we dealt with pain and suffering that will have played the crucial role.

Of course there are caveats. If we can look back and see progression even from our pain and suffering, then by definition we have processed it and we will see it as an integral part of our life. And there is a level of pain and suffering that can be so great that it will destroy or profoundly disable us. My second caveat is to be particularly keen to focus on emotional pain and suffering rather than physical pain. But even here we can recognise the benefits of physical pain as a necessary warning to take our hand of the hot stove and quickly too.

I guess that it boils down to how we relate to pain. That we may be wary of it but we never ever believe that it can be forever avoided... or that we should try to hard to avoid it.

best wishes
Andrew


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