If I have misunderstood you, it can only be that you have not made yourself better understood. So to remove this issue, I have reposted the OP and added some questions and discussion points for you to clarify so that we can return to the example of the 'suffering doctor'. Thanks.WanderingLands wrote:
I do understand that not every person is blessed by choice, and that Eastern philosophy is more about collectivism as opposed to the modern European society. But you are still missing the entire point of the OP; I am talking about spiritual suffering and the path to finding spiritual truth.
Please define 'spiritual', 'spiritual suffering' and 'spiritual truth'.The OP wrote:Here's why suffering is actually a good thing that could happen to a person.
The reason(s) why suffering is actually good for a person is because it is part of a process of thinking and the start of a long spiritual path to Enlightenment and Liberation from the Material world. I believe that judging from my own dark experiences of alienation and loneliness, and from reading up on Eastern Philosophy aswell as Western Philosophy (Stoicism and a bit of Existentialism), that everybody has this huge void metaphorically inside themselves. It is a void of wanting something, but not being able or having the strength to look deep into what it is. I believe that this is why people, in the modern era, turn to looking for material things for long term pleasure; because they are unwilling to explore philosophy, let alone sometimes even explore deep into their religion that they were brought up in for a start.
Even when they are satisfied by material enchantments, there is still the void that is "coped", or shall I say suppressed, in order to keep the material pleasures going and keep the status approval of peers in society. It is only when they embrace the void, and thus embrace suffering by searching, that they start to cultivate their true selves.
Please explain what it means to be 'liberated from the Material world'.
Why is it important to be 'liberated from the Material world'.
Please explain what a 'huge metaphorical void' is as it relates to individuals in general but not you in particular.
Please explain what the significance is of 'religion' to your as yet defined 'spiritual suffering'.
When you reference 'religion' what 'religion do you refer to? If by 'religion' you were making a general comment, then please define 'religion' in general.
With regard to your exploration of Eastern Philosophy you must have made yourself familiar with Confucianism. You will have noted then that Confucius avoided spiritual matters preferring to address the common concerns of a moral life. How then do you reconcile your spiritual interpretations of the most significant of Eastern Philosophies?