Let's look at what we learned
It seems we have built a perspective
with the following driving forces:
- We started out defining
life as self actualization and a learning experience.
- We discussed the need
for a healthy body, mind and spirit, for actualization in these levels.
- We addressed disability
as the inability to live a self actualizing life, and as the consequence of
various factors some of which are beyond our control, while others are.
- We discussed pain as
the impact of trauma, misery, and hardship intended to protect us and give
us a learning experience, however, often leading to debilitating anguish where
we do not learn to cope.
Who said: "Suffering is caused
by God to make us learn from our Karma"? Yes, I may have said it, but should I
not have rephrased that saying: "Suffering is caused by our fellow man to hurt
us and destroy us, while we are praying to God that we may survive".? Maybe both
are true. Maybe suffering is to teach us to be more compassionate to stop killing
and hurting eachother, but instead to work toward survival of the human race.
Suffering is experiencing the anguish, the pain, the disability and the hopelessness.
- self actualization i.e.
growing, developing ourselves, while overcoming adversity in a hostile world
- learning to cope with
- anguish when unable to
cope with adversity
- the source of our adversity
If we have the spirit, resilience, and self confidence to counter the anguish
and use our mind to gain insight in the situation, we may learn to cope, we may
liberate ourselves of the debilitating circumstances.
Suffering is at the root
of learning. Learning is the object of suffering. Learning can set us free and
help us attain the self actualization we are yearning for.
Suffering is not the objective,
but the motivational driver to learning and self actualization.
Suffering leads to learning,
which leads to living life to the fullest. Using our mind and spirit to learn
is the truly human experience. Even lower living organisms learn and evolve.
We can do it much faster. If we learn to learn from our suffering, we will improve
our Quality of Life.
Now, metaphorically speaking,
you can either identify with the Dragon or with the Dragon slayer. Take your
The Chinese view:
"We all are Dragons, somewhat like the like the fierce Tyrannosaurus Rex, blowing
fire at our hostile environment."
Or the mediaeval European view:
"We are Dragon slayers, continuously trying to slay our hostile environment,
Personally, I vote for being the Dragon.
Back to where we left off in
QOL, 'Action toward Improving The Quality of Life
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