• Is Suffering Necessary?

    Recently I went through a personal difficulty that made me think about the subject of suffering.  Do we HAVE to suffer?  Is it a part of life or is it possible to avoid it forever?  I have never met a person who is happy ALL the time and never has any pain.  Is suffering, then, an unavoidable part of life?  If so, why?  What is the purpose of it? I define suffering as any type of pain, either physical or emotional.  Examples of suffering are death of a loved one, sickness, hunger, lack of physical necessities (roof, clothing, food, etc.), or a breakup.  As we can see, all these things…