Life is full of problems, wouldn’t you agree? Some people even believe that to live is to suffer, which is correct, as life is full of suffering. However, at the same time to live is to love, laugh, have fun, and to be happy.
Yet, not all lives are equal. Some people have more privileges than others, thus they enjoy their lives more, giving others an impression that the grass is greener on the other side. Sure, it is greener on some sides, but on other sides it is grayer, meaning that there are plenty of people who have it worse off.
Certainly, we don’t like to think of people who are worse off, because we are also suffering, so why should we think about other people while we aren’t where we want to be? Moreover, even if our situation improves, we still don’t like others, as now we want to enjoy ourselves, distracted from the suffering of others which is plenty.
In fact, there is so much suffering in the world today that it can be overwhelming for one person to contemplate, so as a general rule, we don’t contemplate it.
Still, some people ask “how is it fair?” and “why are some people suffering more than others?” or even “what can we do about it all?” I have certainly contemplated these questions, thinking that perhaps we can fix some of that suffering, even putting some of the weight of doing this on my own shoulders.
I created Optimal Happiness, which tried to make the world a better place by teaching people how to be happy in the midst of this mess. I won’t go through the whole sales pitch again, but what’s important is that happiness is possible for everyone, regardless of who we are, where we are from, and what our life circumstances are.
In this way, I was thinking of what it takes to remove all the pain and suffering from the world today? Can we create a utopia of sorts, even starting to write my second book (stay tuned) exactly about this topic.
However, after considerable reflection, I realized that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, meaning that all suffering is necessary and justified on some level. The best answer I came up with connects to the realm of the immaterial, which not everyone believes in, certainly not in exactly the same words. So, I’m aware that I might lose some people with the following explanation, but at the same time, it is the best answer I found, and if it works at least on a purely philosophical level, then why should I oppose it?
For example, karmically speaking, all suffering is important because people need to undo their negative karma, meaning that if our world were a utopia, there wouldn’t be an opportunity to work on our karma and there would be a need for another world exactly like ours where this opportunity would exist.
In this way, our world is already perfect, karmically speaking, and everyone gets the same opportunity to break the wheel of karma, escaping the endless cycle of reincarnation. So even if someone is born in the worst possible place, in the worst possible conditions, and their life is nothing but suffering, then karmically speaking, their life is necessary because that’s exactly what they need. Sure, we have equally high probability of destroying any and all positive karma, but that’s a different conversation altogether.
So, every problem is an opportunity in disguise, because we are always growing and we need to learn certain life lessons, so let’s not take negative things personally. If they happened, they were meant to have happened and even if we don’t agree with these events or don’t want these outcomes, they are still necessary, so it’s better to just roll with the punches rather than put our hands up in surrender, proclaiming ourselves as perpetual victims of life.
At the same time, we still should work towards a utopia because what we do matters, so if we can improve our life and that of others, then it was worth the effort.
Finally, if you want to break your wheel of karma, contact me today, as I have a few great ideas on how to do it. And even if you don’t, that’s completely fine, because ultimately it is all karma, so maybe you aren’t ready, maybe I’m not ready, or maybe it wasn’t the solution we were all looking for.
From my side, I will continue to be a happy butterfly. I hope you will continue to do the same.