Suffer No More
Did you ever notice how other people often talk about how much they are suffering? Maybe you do it yourself? I think we have all done it at one time or another.
However, I believe we were not born on this earth to suffer. What’s wrong with a lifestyle that causes no suffering? Well, oftentimes it does not fit in with the market place societal expectations. In other words, there’s money in suffering.
What is Suffering?
Suffering is mental anguish … to endure pain. It is a focus of one’s attention on pain and misery and doing things that are potentially avoidable that prolong the source of the suffering.
Suffering is a closed-minded action that stems from well-worn neural pathways from repeated input which originates from outside of oneself, e.g., from those who are seeking to gain from the suffering of others. Competition, advertisements for drugs (especially on television) and the prevailing view of the human body as an imperfect shell that can have anything done to it are some common sources of suffering.
Suffering can be an intense emotion that can draw energy into it like the vortex of a tornado.
Programmed from Birth
Many sufferers were born in hospitals. This may not have been a particularly happy experience as being born nowadays is often not as straight forward as it should be. For example, babies may be pulled out from the warm safe environment inside the mother with cold, hard metal forceps.
Any pain (discomfort) associated with birth will be registered in the baby’s memory in the subconscious and can be tapped into with psychological manipulation.
Awareness of Suffering
Many people are not even aware that they are suffering. It has become ingrained in their minds that suffering is the normal way to be and so they do not recognize that it is suffering.
One problem is that suffering people can cause suffering. It can be like a contagious disease and spread to those they come in contact with.
Some people try to make others suffer. There is the old saying that “misery loves company” to support this. Some extreme examples are the burning of witches and torturing of prisoners of war.
The medical profession is often accused of torture and suffering. One truck I passed while driving in Florida had placards stating how the wife of the driver was tortured by the medical profession with multiple procedures such as hip replacements and now she is totally crippled and they are both suffering.
In my ever-intriguing French studies, I came across a mention of "La Dame de Fer" (the Iron Maiden) which is purportedly a device of torture from the Middle Ages. Whether it actually existed or not is irrelevant though because one only has to look around at what's going on in the world today to find examples of torture in the news.
Christian churches promote the mindset that allows the continuation of suffering with words that are repeated over and over again at services conducted every day all over the world, such as ".. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end." This is a very negative mindset that reinforces suffering.
There are many subtle ways that people try to make other people suffer, sometimes even while putting on a facade of kindness and helpfulness. Petty games, one-upmanship, gossip, bullying, and the likes are often used to cause pain and negative feelings that can lead to suffering. There is a famous experiment that showed how average law abiding, loving citizens could be influenced by perceived authority figures to inflict pain on other people (see the Miligram Experiment.)
The best solution to the subtle type of sabotage is to become aware of it and detach, because in reality, no one can make anyone suffer. There are many examples of people doing things such as happily sleeping in a tent when it is cold and raining which would make many people end up suffering. Suffering is a mental condition that is not based on reality.
A more professional approach of causing suffering is used by corporations with the use of science including psychology. This topic is debatable, but is it not possible that corporations such as the ones in the medical profession actually proactively devise their products and marketing strategies to cause suffering? After all, sufferers are the ones that seek relief and buy their products.
Sold on Suffering
Why do people accept suffering? Why do they do things that can lead to suffering? It is because we are sold on the idea!
I called this article “Sufferin' Succotash” which I heard in cartoons when I was child. It is Sylvester's trademark exclamation. From an early age, dialogues, images and expectations show us how to suffer.
Mass media such as television, the Internet, radio, newspapers, magazines and including cartoons aimed at children are used directly and subliminally to sell us a way of living.
"Sufferin’ Succotash" is said to be a minced oath of "Suffering Savior". I was intrigued to learn of the connection to the "Savior" since I am referring to the Christian religion and its role in the suffering pandemic. Religion is used widely to show us how to act in our lives.
In the Apostles’ Creed which is said in many churches around the world every day by many people, it states: “I believe in Jesus Christ … who suffered …” and his body rose into heaven and is sitting on the right hand side of God. And also, “I believe in the resurrection of the body.” For most worshipers, this means that we are to follow the example of Jesus and make ourselves suffer or allow ourselves to suffer so that after we die, our bodies will rise up to heaven.
In science, "Suffering Savior" refers to the Martyr complex where one seeks out suffering and persecution to fill a psychological need or perhaps a desire to avoid responsibility. Science has other explanations for this behavior too, but as with all mental problems, it is a matter of degree usually. It only comes to the attention of professionals when it is out of hand and we generally ignore the immense under-current of those affected who never come to the surface. As I am setting out in this article, there is a level of suffering that is expected of us in society, but the extent of that level is capped. However, the cap can come off and that's what happens in situations such as police brutality and torture of prisoners of war.
You are What You Eat
It's a strange coincidence that "pain" is the French word for bread when eating bread can and often does lead to pain and suffering. Bread is also prominently featured in many religions including Christianity and I discussed this briefly in my article called the "Wonder of Wheat". This leads to my theory that what we put in our bodies has a strong effect on how our minds work (or don't work as the case may be).
Education and Medicine
Besides the use of mass media and religion, we are taught how to behave in schools. For my French studies, I have been using various types of books and noticing suggestive texts. For example, in one book a young man was told by his doctor to take three pills (comprimés) a day for a week with an anti-inflammatory because he had strained a muscle at the "health club". I came across this type of casual reference to medicine in all the text books I looked at. This is how people learn to take medication for any possible ache and pain even though the medications have side effects that are undesirable and can be significant.
And why not? I mentioned before in my blogs how one publisher of school texts that I used when I was in grade school is well connected.
Finally, as mentioned above, the word for pill (tablet, capsule) in French is "comprimé" and this also means "compressed" which is how pills are made. But it reminds me of "compromis" which is French for "compromised" and this is what happens when medicine (médicament) is taken. The pills are compressed but they cause compression (as opposed to expansion) of one's well-being and health is thereby compromised.
So at this Easter time, with all the reminders about Jesus suffering, and people eating too many sweets which cause suffering, I will be thankful that I am not suffering.
To stop suffering is a good goal to have in life and even for one's dying days. Becoming aware of behavior that leads to suffering is the first step "to recovery". Then take control of how you deal with life's challenges.
Vous n'avez rien d'autre a faire que de vous laisser vivre!
You have nothing to do but to take life easy!