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Human suffering happens every day everywhere in many types and ways all around us We do not always see it but that does not mean it does not exist When we do see it exist we commonly ask ourselves Does human suffering have meaning I can answer this question easily Yes it does have meaning I can answer this because of the four readings we read However as I examine this question deeper I see that the four readings have different ideas on meaning or the reason for suffering Looking at the definition of the verb to suffer feel or undergo pain sustain damage or loss we see that suffering is something that can happen because of more than one action Each of the readings explained a different way of suffering In their basics some described mental suffering and others described physical suffering But more deeply than that each reading contains a certain kind of suffering The Epic of Gilgamesh describes that suffering is caused by death The Book of Job describes how suffering is caused by sickness loss of possessions or loved ones Buddhist explains suffering caused by our mental anguish Night describes suffering caused by others These readings give us meaning to suffering so that in the future we can avoid suffering and if we can not avoid it we can at least explain it The Epic of Gilgamesh tells us that suffering happens because of love Gilgamesh suffered only because he loved Enkidu After Enkidu was killed by the serpent Gilgamesh suffered tremendously This was an example mental suffering Gilgamesh did not bring on Enkidus death It was his desire for Enkidu to die It just happened fighting the serpent He deeply mourned his brothers death This drove him to find that special root to make him immortal Although this was just a story in its day it was thought to be a book of teachings Suffering was a direct
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