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Suffering is an integral part of being human. No one can dare deny it.
Buddhism, in fact, teaches in its Four Noble Truths that the first truth is that ―"all
beings, human and otherwise, are afflicted with all sorts of disappointments,
sadness, discomfort, anxiety, etc. In short they are subject to suffering."1
Although I do not agree with its philosophical-theological underpinnings, it
is nevertheless true that all beings are born into suffering. Hence, all serious
religions try to tackle this intractable phenomenon. Before we go into a few of
the more important religious answers to suffering, allow me to spell out a few of
the different types of suffering.
The most obvious suffering is physical suffering which may be the result of
The first, natural disasters, for example, the Tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia,
that affected neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia,
Thailand, Myanmar, in South East Asia; once, in 1960 and recently, in October
2009. The earthquake in Padang recorded at magnitude 7.6 brought about not
only much physical suffering but also many deaths.
The recent Typhoon Ketsana in September 2009 and Typhoon Parma in
October 2009 caused massive floods and landslides.
Snow storms, sand storms, earthquakes, and children born with physical
defects, are examples of natural disasters.
Second, human beings, ignoring the natural law of their human bodily
functions, indulge in excessive eating that causes obesity, heart problems and
diabetes. Sitting in the office working and with no exercise can bring about
The third cause of physical suffering comes from either human error,
human negligence or human corruption, for example, a pilot in his
miscalculation could crash a plane, or a car that is badly maintained could cause
an accident, or a building built along a slope or hill without sufficient
reinforcements and safeguards, for whatever the reason, could cause the
collapse of the building. Often, due to uncontrolled deforestation, the climate
change is induced and floods in certain lower levels of the land could occur.
Then, related to the third cause above, human sin, such as greed for money
and corruption could cause human suffering as it has happened, in Malaysia, to
some of the collapsed buildings built on a sloping piece of land because the
developers wanted to save money or cut cost.
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