My original post on this topic concluded with these lines:
Both living in truth and living in falsehood bring suffering.
In my next post, I’ll talk about why the suffering that truth brings is better.
Have you ever had a terrible, miserable, horrible, awful experience that, when it’s over, you look back on it and say, “That was beyond horrible– but I wouldn’t trade it for anything”?
Most people have.
Severe illness of yourself or illness/death of a loved one.
A major business/financial failure.
To live is to have horrible experiences, to go through stuff that really, really sucks.
It sucks away your passion.
It sucks away your enthusiasm and joy.
For a while, it sucks away a lot of what you have always recognized as your life.
But when you look back on those experiences and know you wouldn’t trade them for anything, that’s because they were redemptive. Something good came out of them. You know you’re better for all the suffering you did.
You’re better. Or stronger. Or wiser. Or more compassionate. Or deeper. Or gentler. Or more humble, or calm, or patient, or honest.
You’re just better.
Often suffering isn’t in our control, but sometimes it is.
And anytime you have a choice in the matter, always choose redemptive suffering over non-redemptive suffering.