Suffering from the suffering of others?

tyler (@crane) 8 years, 9 months ago

I’ve been working towards ending my own suffering, but a lot of my suffering comes from the suffering I see in others. My grandpa-who is mourning over the death of his wife, or my brother- who is a recovering heroin addict, or my dad-who’s in trouble with the law and depressed about his life situation. Should I simply accept the suffering of others? Is this wrong that I feel this way about people I care about?

February 19, 2013 at 12:39 am
Brandon P’naantan Pinkney (321) (@hlalhabattu) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@crane, it is not wrong that the suffering of others hurts you, in fact that makes you human, I wouldn’t take that degree of empathy for granted, as this world needs more people who care in that way. I, myself say acknowledge that others are suffering, but don’t dwell on it, because you’ll end up losing yourself in those emotions, but whenever you encounter someone suffering, help that person if you can, you’ll both benefit from it

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@crane, This is real life. Your suffering won’t end until you end the suffering in your environment. The question is what do you do about it? Accepting it isn’t making you feel any better, is it? Start with yourself, you weren’t at fault of your family’s misfortunes they made themselves. What kind of addict are you? With whom do you have troubles with? Start from there, don’t lie to yourself that looking better than someone else is actual suffering. You are the reason who you are. And leave people alone, goddamn it.

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