Why Do We Value Our Suffering So Much?

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 4.22.54 PMAnne Marthe Widvey

Suffering is a necessary evil.

But its inevitability is not the result of it being something that we naturally have to process out of due course. It’s not something we take a passive role in. It is the result of a lack of our own growth; it is a catalyst to signal to us there’s more to be done. This is to say, we’re in control of it. We cultivate and experience it because we allow it. Rather, we allow the unhealed parts of us to control everything else. If we remain unconscious of this — and that its origin and, therefore, solution is external — we start to believe that we deserve it.

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