Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
An article that popped up on my iPhone’s newsfeed this past week suggested that human suffering is important and even beneficial. It alleged that suffering can make us more resilient, better able to endure hardships, and that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. It also said that suffering — from aging and death to heartbreak and disappointment — is an inevitable part of life.
So my question to you this week has to do with suffering.
Do you agree that human suffering can be beneficial and that suffering is a necessary part of the human condition? Why or why not?
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