In a culture obsessed with happiness, we should remember that coming to terms with suffering is instructive to the soul.
|Scooped by David Gray|
David Gray's insight:
“The theologian Paul Tillich wrote that people who endure suffering are taken beneath the routines of life and find they are not who they believed themselves to be.”(David Brooks, New York Times, 7 April 2014) “Tests are a means by which a soul is measured as to its fitness, and proven out by its own acts. God knows its fitness beforehand, and also its unpreparedness, but man, with an ego, would not believe himself unfit unless proof were given him.” (Abdu’l-Baha in Star of the West, 24 June 1915) “The suffering involved in their tasks becomes a fearful gift and very different than that equal and other gift, happiness, conventionally defined.” (David Brooks, New York Times, 2014) “To attain eternal happiness one must suffer. He who has reached the state of self-sacrifice has true joy. Temporal joy will vanish.” (Paris Talks: Addresses given by `Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris in 1911-1912) “I know that thou art in difficulty, but this difficulty is conducive to the everlasting felicity and this weakness is followed by the supreme strength.” (Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas, vol. 2 (Chicago: Bahá'í Publishing Society, 1916), pp. 264-65) “Even while experiencing the worst and most lacerating consequences, some people double down on vulnerability. They hurl themselves deeper and gratefully into their art, loved ones and commitments.” (David Brooks, New York Times, 2014)