My "take" on this.
Suffering is a personal thing.
How do you define it?
Is my pain more than yours? Less? How many must die before it becomes an atrocity? More Russians were killed under Stalin, does that make the Jewish
Holocaust less somehow?
Blacks were held as slaves; so was every other race throughout history at one time or another. Celts (White) Jews (White) Mexicans (Latino) China,
etc. There were even a large number of whites held in slavery in America. Does this make any one group more prone to suffering, or give them more
justification to relate their suffering?
How about victims of war, major natural disasters or just when you find out you have cancer.
We can take it personal that some group that we perceivably belong to was wronged at one time or another, use this to defend outrage and further
separate ourselves from the rest of humanity. Thereby eradicating any possibility of defeating separatism, racism and prejudice. Or accept that human
suffering is simply the human condition.
Through many advancements in understanding, acceptance and even technology, the extent of suffering has been lessened in many modern countries. Still,
however, the majority of the world still resides in areas where suffering is the norm. I would project that their current suffering is far and above
more profound than the perceived suffering of people in the past.
Yes, I said perceived. I used this verbiage because you were not there, neither were you or you or me. We are here now, at this time and this moment.
We have the facilities and the opportunity to possibly alleviate someone's suffering that exists now, in the present. Yet we seem to spend all of our
time, worrying about how much someone suffered in the past.
I am NOT proposing that we forget what has happened, just that we move on.
Before British slavers traveled to Africa's western coast to buy Black slaves from African chieftains, they sold their own White working class
kindred ("the surplus poor" as they were known) from the streets and towns of England, into slavery. Tens of thousands of these White slaves were
kidnapped children. In fact the very origin of the word kidnapped is kid-nabbed, the stealing of White children for enslavement.
Should I use this to proclaim my suffering in historical terms? Or should I accept what has happened and acknowledge that I am not those slaves, that
I am a different person and free of thought and attitude.