A Brief Thought on Suffering

by Andrew Forrest

I woke up early Friday morning to the news that five Dallas police officers had been murdered, and I immediately started frantically texting the?cops who are part of my church to see if they were safe. When the first response came back–“I am here on the scene, but I am okay”–I was overwhelmed with gratitude. And then I felt guilty that I felt grateful, because the fact that my friends were safe necessarily meant that someone else’s weren’t. But that’s the way it always is, isn’t it? We are all so nearsighted when it comes to suffering.

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Rodney July 11, 2016 - 2:58 pm

It seems like we are myopic with everything in life that is beyond our control (I know I am). When things “happen to us”, we default to a short-sighted view – how does this affect me now? We instinctively reject change and fear uncertainty; probably because we are wired to rely on God, but instead choose to rely on ourselves.

I wonder if a similar viewpoint sometimes leads us toward tragedy and suffering? Culprits of riots, mass shootings, and terrorism more and more seem to be protesting their own lot in life rather than following any sort of coherent ideal.

Andrew Forrest July 12, 2016 - 7:29 am

I think you are on to something. It seems to me that most of these mass shooter types are loners and losers who then use the language and excuse of some greater ideological cause as an excuse to kill.


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