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Pain, an acute mental or emotional discomfort, is experienced by everyone many times during the course of his or her lives. This discomfort to a person may be the result of slipping on a patch of ice on the sidewalk, or may be the result of working hard on ones homework. Whatever the cause, precautions can be taken to avoid pain, like wearing a helmet while bicycling, but painful situations pop up all the time. Pain during the coarse of ones life is inevitable. Misery, mental suffering or extreme bodily suffering or discomfort: extreme unhappiness, may not be present for everyone, and is more easily avoided than pain. Misery usually occurs when many things go wrong, or if one major thing in someone’s life goes wrong. These things are meaningful and the misery involved is optional. An example of this could be someone who goes to school, but doesn’t work, fails, and consequently ends up without a job, and feels miserable. This situation could have been avoided, if the person had worked hard at school. This demonstrates the fact that misery can be due to major losses or failures. Therefore even though insignificant causes of pain are inevitable, the things that mean the most can be maintained, and misery is optional. Pain can in some ways be prevented, with the help of preventative measures like wearing a seat belt in a car, a wearing a helmet and pads before going out biking. Even though these measures are applied, there are some things that cannot be controlled, and luck also plays a factor in a person encountering pain. First of all, every time a person goes outside there is a chance that an accident will occur. If someone looses control of their car on black ice, hits a tree and gets injured it really is not their fault. One could say that this could be avoided by not driving in winter, but this isn’t possible. People are active, and as long as they are active there is always an element of risk involved. If one makes dinner they may get burned, but food is needed for the person’s survival. People take risks all the time and pain is somewhat inevitable at different degrees. Some people have a high tolerance for pain and seem to take more risks. Others are more cautious, but the element of pain is always a factor. Generally people are more susceptible to smaller sources of pain, because they take small risks, however people are more careful when confronted with serious pain, like the fact that someone may wear a

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