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Human Suffering

Why Suffering Is The Secret To Success

Business Insider | Dan Waldschmidt | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

You will do just about anything to avoid suffering. That's just how you're wired. Problems and pain and potential risks are scary. And when you ...

The Top 3 Ways Animal Experiments Hurt Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

It is hard to quantify how many missed opportunities there may have been because of misleading animal experiments. However, there are plenty of examples that demonstrate how lucky we are that researchers did not believe the animal tests.

Hearing Job: Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)

David G. Garber, Jr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David G. Garber, Jr

Perhaps we vindicate Job by refusing to blame the poor for their poverty, by proclaiming the story of a mother who lost her child to a random act of gun violence, or by listening to the suffering of refugees in war-torn countries such as Syria.

Embracing the Dark and the Light: Lessons of the Equinox

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

I started to breathe again. I started getting dressed before noon. I went to grief groups and I spoke. I stopped hiding, for maybe the first time ever. I started writing down the memories of my brother that flitted through my mind, unburied by his absence.

Be Willing to Feel

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Melnick

Thirteen years ago, as a cancer patient with 3 and 5-year-old boys, I was afraid. I gained peace by asking myself over and over, "What am I afraid of right now, in this moment?" And the answer was always the same: nothing. My fears were all based on the future.

Is Having Children Ethical?

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Are parents who have large families because they believe it is a divine commandment or because they take pride in their family heritage any less capable of creating "life-enhancing relationships" with their children than, say, educated professionals who wait until there are financially stable?

Leaning Backward (Not Forward) in Post-Sandy New Jersey

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

Friends in Teaneck whose power has already been restored have taken us in as refugees, or we would still be sleeping in a cold, dark house, and facing freezing temperatures and another storm system in the week ahead.

Where Was God When Hurricane Sandy Struck?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

What was G-d thinking when he sent Hurricane Sandy and what could have been its purpose? In truth, I don't much care, because our role as humans is not to understand G-d's plan in the face of horror and tragedy, but to challenge God and demand that human life always be protected and preserved.

An Unusual Blessing: How A Chance Encounter With Human Excrement Empowered My Ministry!

Michael W. Waters | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Michael W. Waters

Then I saw them, in the upper left-hand corner of our gated waste disposal area -- two pieces of human waste lying conspicuously upon the ground.

Suffering, Thanksgiving And The Book of Job

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 01.24.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Even at the depth of Job's suffering, he engages God. He does not cut himself off from the ability to give thanks. Job doesn't deny his own pain; he uses it as a gateway to go deeper into his relationship with God.

Choosing to Die

Sally Abrahms | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty
Sally Abrahms

Already, boomers are rewriting the script on aging, reinventing retirement and even death. Choosing the right to die, a.k.a. euthanasia, when we're ill, frail, or no longer have quality of life, may well be the new hot button issue.

A Christian Ethic of Social Justice: Will A Bible Fill An Empty Stomach?

Zach Hunter | Posted 11.02.2011 | Religion
Zach Hunter

We understand that it is not enough to talk, talk is cheap. We must "Be the change that [we] wish to see in the world." Because of this knowledge, students are shaping solutions to many social ills
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Is Suffering Necessary?

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Could we reach a point of evolution when (for those of us in that position) suffering becomes a choice?

Why We Suffer: Hoping for a Broader View

Scott Cairns | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Cairns

Affliction and suffering is the only way we come to glimpse and thereafter to know our condition, to appreciate our vulnerability, and to live according to this new and chastening light.

Outside the Human Brain: A Different Perspective On the Source of Suffering

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

We imagine that all forms of suffering come from this mass of gray and white matter inhabiting our skulls. But is it possible that this is not the case?