We all experience pain. It sucks and it hurts. Our pain comes from an infinite list of sources — we have self-inflicted pain (i.e., child birth or sore muscles after going to the gym), accidental pain (stubbing your toe), pain that is inflicted on us by others (fights, wars, abuse), emotional pain (loss of a loved one or relationship), psychological pain (anxiety, fear, depression), and pain that just comes from random events (getting caught in a tornado or being mauled by wolves).
The world is full of pain. We feel some kind or level of misery every single day. And, on top of the pain that we endure, the world also seems to be full of cruelty.
People are cruel. We cheat each other, abuse each other, cast blame and stones at each other, go to war with each other, enslave each other, and kill each other.
But, nature is also a very harsh and cruel place. I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked under a tree in the spring and happened upon a lifeless, baby bird on the ground. This scene is so common but elicits such feelings of sadness inside of me.
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