Everything on the Topic of Suffering

2007 February 26

Arthur Miller on Suffering and Psychoanalysis

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertdaoust @ 11:30 pm

From http://www.timemachinego.com/linkmachinego/2007/02/26/arthur-miller-quote-on-suffering-and-psychoanalysis/:

Arthur Miller Quote on Suffering and Psychoanalysis: ‘My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness. When in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know, have come out of people’s suffering. The problem is not to undo suffering, or to wipe it off the face of the earth, but to make it inform our lives, instead of trying to “cure” ourselves of it constantly, and avoid it, and avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call “happiness”. There’s too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him – of defining him, rather than letting him go! It’s part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad!’ (Spotted on Adam Curtis’ documentary Century of the Self)

2007 February 9

Everybody suffers. How much?

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertdaoust @ 9:36 pm

From http://autisticbfh.blogspot.com/2007/02/life-is-suffering.html : 

“Many people nowadays, living a pampered existence in our wealthy consumer society, seem to have forgotten what our ancestors knew—that we grow and evolve by dealing with adversity, not by avoiding it. We gain strength and wisdom when we confront our difficulties and find ways to learn and benefit from them. (…) everybody suffers, not just those who are described as “sufferers.”

From http://gazpachot.blogspot.com/2007/02/is-suffering-relative.html :

“I waiver on what I call The Transitive Proportion of Suffering Capacity. Is a hangnail in Beverly Hills proportionately equal to having your arms cut off in Africa? Before you lick the envelope on your letter bombs, what I’m asking is this: is the intensity of an individual’s suffering relative to their life experience? Is suffering relative or is suffering more of a fixed scale, the extremes of which only a few humans will ever get to know?”

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