On Suffering and Sewage

Spontaneous sensitivity to the suffering of another is a concept which is neither dependent upon teaching, conditioning, or indoctrination.

 

Experience is the teacher, and spontaneous is the experience.

 

Just as a person does not have to be taught to have an aversion to the smell of raw sewage, so likewise a person does not have to be taught to have an aversion to the suffering of another sentient being.

 

The aversion to such are natural experiences.

Once experienced, so learned.

 

In fact, the only way a person can become accustomed to the stench of raw sewage is to become desensitized to its effect.

 

In the same way, the only way a person can become accustomed to the suffering of another is to become desensitized to its effect.

 

I hope I never become so accustomed to the stench of raw sewage as to become desensitized to its repulsive odor.

 

Worse yet, I hope I never become so accustomed to the suffering of another that I become desensitized to the feelings of my fellow beings.

 

Poverty, Illness, Aging, Infant Mortality, Stress, Racism, Bigotry….

 

There are many ways people suffer.

 

And for a society to just accept such suffering as being normal and routine…..

 

Really stinks.

 

And THAT is a stench that I hope I never become desensitized to.

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3 thoughts on “On Suffering and Sewage

  1. Every word written here is the raw truth….and raw truth always purifies…..this was a personal “life-saver” for me……Thanks !

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