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Suffering. How do we deal with it?. Nelson Mandela. “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”. Let’s talk about it.

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How do we deal with it?

Nelson Mandela

  • “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

Let’s talk about it

  • What kind of suffering do I expect to encounter in my professional work and how do I plan to deal with it?

  • What kind of pain & suffering is worse: physical or emotional? Why?

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Anthropologist Richard Shweder

  • “Human beings apparently want to be edified by their miseries.”

Sociologist Peter Berger

  • Every culture has provided an “explanation of human events that bestows meaning upon the experiences of suffering and evil.”

The Gift of Painby Dr Paul Brand & Philip Yancey

  • “In the United States I encountered a society that seeks to avoid pain at all costs. Patients lived at a greater comfort level than any I had previously treated, but they seemed far less equipped to handle suffering and far more traumatized by it.”

River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life by Richard Dawkins

  • “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

Walking with God through Pain & Sufferingby Tim Keller

  • “If the meaning of life is individual freedom and happiness, then suffering is of no possible ‘use.’ In this worldview, the only thing to do with suffering is to avoid it at all costs, or, if it is unavoidable, manage and minimize the emotions of pain and discomfort as much as possible.”

Walking with God through Pain & Sufferingby Tim Keller

  • “Our modern culture does not believe in unseen spiritual forces. Suffering always has a material cause and therefore it can in theory be ‘fixed’.”

Boston Review (interview)Larissa MacFarquhar

  • For people of faith, “God is in control, and God’s love will see the world through. Whereas for secular people, it’s all up to us. We’re alone here. That’s why I think that, for secular people, there can be an additional layer of urgency and despair.”


  • For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

    • Hebrews 2:10

  • Therefore he (Jesus) had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

  • For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

    • Hebrews 2:17-18

  • For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

  • Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    • Hebrews 4:15-16

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