In Iyer’s article he comments on how suffering is handled in different situations and he goes into different explanations on how suffering could be interpreted. One example he gave was using a Buddhist interpretation, “Wise men in every tradition tell us that suffering brings clarity, illumination; for the Buddha, suffering is the first rule of life, and insofar as some of it
arises from our own wrongheadedness — our cherishing of self — we have the cure for it within.” (Iyer 1) This quote is explaining how Buddhism looks at suffering in that it is necessary with life and that within oneself comes the cure, or realization about suffering. Then Iyer goes on to tell his stories where suffering is looked at in thi...
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...through it. Each religion agrees that suffering happens to everyone and it is a part of life to learn to deal with the suffering, and the various religions try to put a positive spin on suffering, so to make it easier to live with. They stress faith, faith that suffering and anguish will bring a lesson, or other positive outcome.
With this one can see why people practice religions in general, because religion gives a sense of security through stressing that faith is the key to getting through suffering. Faith in the everlasting soul, faith in God, or faith that one will end in the right place. Faith is the common factor among religions, and suffering brings out the faith in people.
Bhagavad-Gita. Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.
Iyer, Pico. “The Value of Suffering.” New York Times. September 7, 2013.
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