Inquiry: It is noble to suffer.


It is noble to suffer. (A story far from my conscious view, but I am sure it is there somewhere, and lived out somehow, since it is not uncommon in the culture I grew up in. I will take it on as true here and see what comes out of taking it as true, and may find it in my own life as well.)

  1. True?
    No.  I don’t consciously see it as true, although I may still act as if it is true – in some areas of life, and sometimes.
  2. Sure?
  3. What happens when I take that story as true?
    I am happy with suffering. I find ways to live with it. I see it as enobling. I see myself in a heroic light when I suffer. I may choose to not change situations that cause discomfort or suffering, even if I could. I may stick with it, since suffering is noble. I create stories around to justify staying with situations that create suffering.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    Free around suffering. Free to change situations. Free from additional stories around it.  Free to act more naturally, as I do when not caught up in beliefs and making my world smaller and options fewer.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • It is not noble to suffer.
      No. It is just confused, especially if I chose to stay with it instead of changing the situation.
    • It is ignoble to suffer.
      Yes. It is from confusion, from being caught up in beliefs and stopping myself from changing the situation, and it comes from a mistaken identity as well. Not much noble about that.
    • It is noble to not suffer.
      Yes. It shows a freedom and responsiveness to change situations when needed. It shows a certain amount of wisdom and kindness.

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