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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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    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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