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pete asked 6 years ago

I never got satisfying answer on “Why is there so much suffering in the world?”

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Apprentice Monk Staff answered 7 years ago

Hi Pete. Your dissatisfaction is justified! There is so much suffering in this world that one has every right to question it. The ancient texts suggest that suffering is not necessarily a bad thing.
Suffering teaches us things that happiness can’t, and it’s just a learning experience. Just like a caterpillar develops into a butterfly only by going through the struggle of emerging from the cocoon, struggles in life develop our character, intelligence and personality.
It also mentions that happiness is not necessarily a good thing either, as it may just make us complacent. Either way, happiness and suffering are learning experiences created by us in the past, called karma.