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What impact does pain brings in our lives ?

The history is full many great people, who have suffered the pain in their life, but by bringing a substantial change in themselves they also brought a magnificent change in the world.

Kali Das: During the times of Kali Das, people considered him a moron. It is said he was cutting the same branch on which he was sitting.
People say that a strange incident happened in his life, which brought much pain to him. It is said that after this strange incident after suffering much pain in his life, he became a totally different person.

It is after this incident he wrote a classic novel in Sanskrit by the name “Shakuntalam”.

After reading Shakuntalam no one can believe that Kali Das was considered a moron in his life.

Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi: Once he was traveling through train with a ticket of first class AC. Upon seeing this train ticket checker behaved abusively with him saying that the compartment is reserved for White People only, and no black person has the right travel in this compartment. M.K GGandhi was thrown out of the compartment, despite having the legal ticket with him.

At that time he experienced acute pain of being mistreated on the ground of racial discrimination.

This was the incident which ignited the fire within M.K Gandhi to fight for freedom of India.

The ancient and the modern history is full of such examples which throws the light on the character and personality of the great people who have suffered the pain and have transmuted the pain into some creativity for for the welfare of the society.

What impact does the pain has brought in your lives? Isn't is so that it invokes and awakens the sleeping imagination and creativity and accelerates the already existing imagination and creativity ?

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    Nov 30 2013: It depends on how we respond to pain (whether emotional and/or physical).
    If we accept the challenge of pain, it can be a catalyst to personal growth and possibly a subsequent change in the direction of our lives to optimise our contribution to the world.
    If we try and run away from pain, or numb it, it will come back to us at a later date to offer us another opportunity to grow through it.
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    Nov 25 2013: Modern way of life, sends the message, that our life need all good conditions, without worries, without any disclaimer-the message about one selfish way of life.

    The true happiness in life is not pure happiness. The life doesn't have to be happy, it has to be comprehensive. Somehow it's more comprehensive if it's painful. If you climb up the hill of pain, and fight all the pains, all the jealousy, will be aware how much does man needs other man. You will be aware of values, of goodness, of love. That is the price, pain gave us. Happiness doesn't show people real face. Pain does. And it is the worth of pain.
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    Dec 3 2013: Pain is a very interesting thing for me. A couple of years ago, I started getting piercings, and reached a total of 10 before gradually taking them out. The point was not so much the looks, but to find a new approach and relationship to pain. Pain is an inevitability, and to approach it with a clear mentality (not judging it to be "bad" or seeking to avoid it), it can leave a beautiful mark on a person. This approach really came in handy a year ago, when I was robbed at gun point. I allowed myself to let the pain and the healing process take its own course, not trying to force it one way or another, and within 4 months completely overcame what's commonly called PTSD.

    My view of pain is that it touches something raw, possibly not ready to be touched. If we allow ourselves to step back and let the texture and taste of it, we could actually learn the value of it. The best way, for me anyway, as a writer and musician, is to explore those feelings in that context. In a way, I think that admitting vulnerabilities helps us to transcend them. As long as we don't identify with circumstance, pain should not be a big deal.

    I'm with you, that pain can be the pull that serves great art. It's not the only one, but it's definitely a thought worth exploring; thanks for the idea and I'll see what else I can dig out about the topic!
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    Dec 1 2013: Pain is good in retrospect. We usually learn much more from pain than without it. Pain helps us to appreciate the good, peaceful and cheery times.
    Pain brings out the best in artists and artistes because they know how to use it.

    Pain is good, but not to be desired like other good things. But to be accepted as part of life's season.

    Thank God we dont have to live eternally in pain if we dont want to.
  • Dec 8 2013: I find the subject of pain to be a fascinating one and I'm glad you opened this conversation. To speak of pain, I think it is helpful to talk about what it means to us. I see pain in both physical and emotional terms. I also see it as an interpretation of the mind. It is interesting, for example, that one woman will find the experience of childbirth to be exhilarating while another will declare "never again". One mother welcomes the experience while another wishes to escape it. It is further interesting that pain is not always a deterrent to repeating the behaviors that bring about pain, as when the "never again" mother actually does get pregnant yet again. It seems to me that pain, like other chemical experiences of the body, is mediated by our thoughts and beliefs which determine our ultimate experience. This makes it difficult to say what the impact of pain is on us as individuals or a society. However, it is worthwhile to analyze this area further to better understand the mechanisms involved in pain and their influence on human behavior.
  • Nov 29 2013: Emotional pain can drive us into ourselves and hurt our lives. Emotional pain translated to pain then to drive could make a person do amazing things or become a zealot or even a terrorist.
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    Nov 26 2013: I think if your heart is strong enough, pain can bring you much growth in your life. But if the pain is too much and longlasting that is far beyond your capability to afford, it may destroy or eliminate you.
    Take care and good luck~!