When it comes to thinking about why there is suffering in the world, people have many differing opinions. Some of these are based on particular faiths. For example, some believe that suffering was brought to earth when Eve took a bite of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Since there is no real definite answer, I took the time to ponder why I believe there is suffering in the world. I have come up with a few reasons for this.
First, I believe that without some level of suffering, we wouldn’t understand true happiness. We could go through our lives with contentment, but would not have anything to compare it to. This makes suffering necessary to be able to live a life with a full range of emotions.
Without suffering, we would have no reason to be grateful. If we never needed or wanted for anything, we may not appreciate all the wonderful things that are a part of our lives. If it never rained, we would not be able to be grateful for the flowers that bloomed afterwards.
Finally, I thought about the suffering of not only myself, but that of others. To see sick animals and hungry people on television pulls our heart-strings. We are equipped with the natural call to action when we see someone else hurting. This pulls us to help one another. I believe the world was created for all of us to work together.
There are a number of reasons for suffering in the world. People have differing opinions, but there is not one that is necessarily right or wrong. It is all about your faith and beliefs.