The Value of Suffering

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

In the wake of my father’s death, this essay on suffering in yesterday’s Times is so appropos.

My neighbors [in Japan] aren’t formal philosophers, but much in the texture of the lives they’re used to — the national worship of things falling away in autumn, the blaze of cherry blossoms followed by their very quick departure, the Issa-like poems on which they’re schooled — speaks for an old culture’s training in saying goodbye to things and putting delight and beauty within a frame. Death undoes us less, sometimes, than the hope that it will never come.

Go, read the whole thing here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/opinion/sunday/the-value-of-suffering.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp

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