Why Do We Suffer?

Topics: Buddhism, Religion, Christianity Pages: 4 (1696 words) Published: September 30, 2010
Nicole Twum-Ampofo

Why do we suffer?

Suffering. It exists, but we try to ignore it. Some of us can handle it and push it aside thinking someone else should be suffering, not me, and some of us cant. Very few of us can actually accept that suffering exist, and those same very few people, work extremely hard to get rid of it. Its sad knowing that majority of people that know it exists does not know how to get rid of it. But some people question how to eliminate it and wonder where it comes from. They may think it is from their ancestors or their past life that’s leaving their bad karma on them; they may think its God or the Devil that’s putting them through this; they even may think it is others or themselves that letting their bad karma rubs off on them causing them to live in their suffering. Personally, all statements are true. From what I know suffering comes from a lot of different things. It is best explained through religious factors, such as from Buddhism and Christianity. Both of them have different points of view on why we suffer, who suffers and how we can get rid of suffering. This following passage will explore the connections between religious views and suffering; explain the reason on who suffers from suffering and how we can eliminate it.

Buddhism is a faith, a way of life. They wanted to find a way to become enlightened and found a way to do so. Siddhartha Gautama (the one who became the first Buddha) was born into a Hindu family. And because of that, they have these sacred texts that would tell you what you are to become when you are older. He was said to become a religious leader, which his father did not approve of. Anyhow, he thought the way they practiced their Hindu religion was not the best way too achieve enlightenment. His father kept him trapped in his place to ensure that he does not see the world for what it is, and follow in the path of trying to fix everything and become a great religious leader. So Siddhartha...
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