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Originally posted by Omphale
Originally posted by WWu777
I mean, geez, 75 percent of the world is suffering in poverty, disease and other ailments. They can't just "choose to be happy or see that life is great", etc. That isn't going to solve their problems at all. Gee whiz. Suffering is part of life. It motivates us to be strong and look deeper and seek courage. Why deny that? Without suffering, happiness cannot exist. It's the ying and yang thing - neither can exist without the other. The trick in life is to learn to cope with suffering, not to deny it.
Personally I do choose to be positive, to those around me and generally. And I think in most cases it can be a choice. To look on the bright side, for want of a better expression. I don't think it helps anyone if I get depressed about the suffering in the world, and I think it is a little selfish to get tied up on the little things when there is real suffering. What have I got to complain about really? Relatively speaking. And generally...being miserable, feeling sorry for myself are a waste of energy that can be better employed and should certainly never be distributed too liberally.
And besides, when I smile, the whole damn world smiles with me!
It's a butterfly effect, don't you know?