Is suffering violence?

Contribution by José Parés Pérez

Concepción, Chile.

We are equipped with the ability to suffer.  There is no doubt about it.  No living being exists that does not, to some extent, experience suffering. 

Suffering is an attempt at communication by our brain with our mind in order to do something about a physical or mental need that we are experiencing.

Suffering a physical pain is a warning our mind receives that a particular point in our body requires attention.

Suffering fear, anxiety, sadness, stress, desire, passion, frustration, submissiveness, guilt, etc. are warnings that we are not acting rationally in a psychological sense.

In other words, if a physical pain or an emotional malaise is transformed into suffering it is because we do not pay attention to it, we are not concerned about paying attention to our own needs.

What does someone do who is interested in helping a person who is suffering?  They care for them, to the best of their ability, so that they will stop suffering.

And why does a human being not normally do it for themselves?

Some authors talk about the fact that human beings, through nature or nurture, often identify with negative issues.  There are also some cases that are explained through force of habit or neurotic behaviour.  Whatever the reason for our suffering from pain or neglected malaise it is clearly an act of violence against ourselves.

Paying attention to the present moment and being in touch with ourselves physically and emotionally means loving ourselves.