Sufferings

But sometimes such bleak hope of uncertainty brings certainty in your sufferings. You try to picture all your sufferings in a wider aspect and then rethink and work for a real ''wonder''. Like it is said, “Battle is first won in the mind”.

              Victor E. Frankl said in his famous book, ‘’Man Search for Meaning’’:

              "It is the peculiarity of man that he can only live by looking to the future."

            Even a vague appearance of one’s future achievements in front of his eyes, like a dream, can wipe out the delirium caused by his sufferings. I wouldn’t have been writing this piece without having the anticipation of being admissible as an excellent writer... maybe in the future, and you wouldn't have been wasting your time reading it, possessing no thought of getting some experience for the future. That’s how simple, and meanwhile complicated, life is. But sometimes such bleak hope of uncertainty brings certainty in your sufferings. You try to picture all your sufferings in a wider aspect and then rethink and work for a real ''wonder''. Like they say it, “Battle is first won in the mind”.

            Viktor Frankl describes how he himself experienced all those sufferings, when he was in one of the concentration camps of Nazis, consequently expecting some unusual “wonder”, might happen. The condition he faced in the concentration camp was of extreme terror and misery. He had terrible sores on his feet by continuously wearing the torn shoes in frosty weather. There was a small amount of meal served to him, once in a day at the cost of the entire day’s tiresome hard-work. He, like others in those camps, was treated humiliatingly. His life was endangered every minute, which he spent there as a captive. But according to him, it was not the punishment, lack of food, or death threats that caused him the pain most of the time, rather an intense racist attitude of the Capos. He said that once, he was limping a few kilometers from his camp to the worksite. It was extremely cold as the wind was blowing ruthlessly. He thought about how miserable and problematic life has become. Contemplating the possibilities of getting a piece of sausage, he had thoughts... of getting some piece of string to tie his torn shoes. He was disgusted by the deadly routine of work, pained by the humiliating conduct of guards, and completely broken by imagining the uncertain fate of his beloved wife and family.

            And yet he forced his thoughts to another subject. Unexpectedly, he pictured himself standing on the platform of a well-lit, warm, and nice lecture room. Before him, were sitting well-educated and attentive audience. And he was sharing his psychological experiences of a concentration camp, which he experimented and observed, keeping himself as a subject. Viktor Frankl said that that awesome feeling kept him alive all the time, while many of his companions had lost hope for life. It possessed such a magical spell in it kept on vanishing all his troubles, timely, and they already appeared to be his past. As Spinoza said in ethics (translation), “Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it”.

            Even it is true for everyone, labor, a student, a scientist… without having a precise vision of what their sufferings are going to reward, they cannot let them go through some exhausting routines. Pursuing a cause greater than oneself is a self-destructive phenomenon. As it is said, “A real plant is planted when the person planting it has the belief of not been benefited from it personally”. The scientists on space missions sacrifice their entire lives and their enjoyment for the sake of a better tomorrow for their upcoming generations. But still, they find themselves happy doing so. That is the real bigger cause they pursue, which lets them forget every sort of suffering.

            We cannot avoid sufferings if we keep on evaluating our lives in terms of the moments passed with a certain ease. For it must be difficult to be amazing. But the proper task is to find such amazement, in the difficulty. Like Mark Manson said in his famous book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”:

            No matter where you go, there’s a five-hundred-pound load of shit waiting for you. And that’s perfectly fine. The point isn’t to get away from the shit. The point is to find the shit you enjoy dealing with.

             The question is about to seek a future cause in present suffering, and it should be the one most worthy. Life is sometimes very confusing, but we must deal with it. And we can easily cope with it by merely finding meaning in it for our living.

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