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What is the first answer to why we suffer?

Deepak Chopra
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
The first answer to why we suffer -- that suffering is an inevitable part of life -- is based on nature. Every creature is born and dies. In between these two poles, creatures fight to remain alive. The physical body is exposed to danger from every side -- famine, violence, accidents, aging, and death are the most prominent. If you dig up the remains of prehistoric humans, their bodies are ravaged by almost all of these threats. Therefore it seems only natural that you and I must suffer, because nature is simply designed that way for all animals. Let's call this the fatalistic view, because although human beings have fought for centuries to alleviate famine and disease, other causes of suffering, such as war and violence, have proved incurable. After the horrendous events of September 11, 2001, I could sense in myself and all those around me the voice of fatalism saying, "Try as hard as you want, but in the end you will never rid human nature of irrational violence and hatred." This voice arises from the first answer, that suffering is inevitable.

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