EppsNet Archive: Suffering

Notes on Existential Well-Being

16 Dec 2017 /

I’m taking an online class on existential well-being . . . posting some notes and thoughts:

Well-being implies physical health, comfort, pleasure.

It is also essential for human beings to have relationships with other people and to have a place in society.

We speak of personal well-being when a person is able to develop their talents and feel at peace with him or herself.

Beauty, compassion, truth, love — these are experiences of the “life force” or the “spirit.” In these spiritual experiences we transcend our limited self. We become part of something bigger and participate in universal qualities that nourish and enhance life.

We are conscious of the physical, the social, the personal and the spiritual dimensions of human experience. We make no hierarchy between these dimensions.

We recognize that human life is also characterized by suffering, pain and many limitations. We acknowledge that because of limitations, we are challenged to use our full potential to realize our physical, social, personal and spiritual existence in our given situation.


It was ordained that you should suffer without purpose and without hope, but I will not let all your suffering be lost in the abyss. — Georges Duhamel, Vie des martyrs


Happy 170th Birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche!

15 Oct 2014 /
Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882

To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities — I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures.


May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering.


There is no suffering, no cause of suffering, no end to suffering, no path to follow. There is no attainment of wisdom, and no wisdom to attain. Byeeeeeeee

Posted by on 27 Dec 2011

Monday

25 Apr 2011 /
Manic Monday

There is no suffering in Monday, but only in our perception of Monday.