The Cause of All Suffering

When I was a child, there was an old saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” Later, in my own mind, I changed it to, “Greed is the root of all evil.” We’re all living now with the results of greed-gone-wild, and this idea seems true. But I no longer believe greed is the root of all evil. I think our (seeming) experience of separation from God, or Truth, or Love, however we call the Force that made us, is the root of all suffering. The separateness we feel causes us to believe the way the world is, is the only way the world can be.

We arrive on earth ready to fully embrace our opportunity to live and learn and grow, certain that we won’t be sucked into the separate-world. Yet, we are. As we grow up, whether we are supported by our family members or not, we soon realize that we can do whatever we want to do, be whoever we want to be. This is power. The fact that religion/churchgoing (a possible link to the Light) seems old-fashioned to many and that the dark side of life is so glamorous, the temptation to wield our power is irresistible, and we succumb. This is called being human; we are, however, way more than just human.

We live and experiment with the uses of power. If we stray too far, man’s laws or God’s laws catch up with us. And even if we claw our way to the top of the heap, at last reaching our goals, the satisfaction is empty because we were in it for ourselves; we were only pawns of the puppet-master of the separate-world. What are we to do? Open our minds to possibility. Is how we’ve been living a pretend-experience? Is there more to the story of a homeless family than the parents are lazy? Is there a real word we aren’t seeing? And if there is, what is it and how do we get there?

The answers lie within, the place we don’t want to look when we are busy in the world. Still, that is where the answers are and there is nothing, not even the true love of soul mates, beloved family members or great friends, that can fill the empty places within. We are on our own in this, and how else could it be? “Hi, I’d like to order two fulfillers and one Love, please?” The search for the real world, the non-separate world, must be made by each of us. That is the only way we’d believe it anyway.

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11 thoughts on “The Cause of All Suffering

  1. Nice post! Your point about if we ‘claw our way to the top’ reminds me of playing monopoly as a kid. I was a pretty good player, and quite often I’d end up hotels on green and blue side of the board, and know that I was on the way to victory. Then the game became so boring! You just wait for people to land and pay, and see that the real fun was being had by those vying for second or third place. I think the “winners” today have that same sensation — they fight in this material world to achieve transcient material things…but it can’t satisfy.

    • The really good news is that the ‘not-fulfilling news’ is quite widespread now. We all have been exposed to people who have tried so many different things that most of us are beginning to wonder, ‘Is there more?’ And by the way, your post has been number one here on views since you wrote it. Thank you so much for posting it here, too. I have a feeling many people have printed it to keep it. Though you do an incredible amount of interesting/inspiring writing, the ‘what you’d tell your children’ is among your best.

        • It’s funny that you say that, because you inspire me, too. I keep re-reading your parenting post, and it gets better each time, like there are layers of deeper truths hidden under the more obvious truths. That post is one of the most wise and beautiful things I’ve ever read, Scott. It’s not just for children; it’s a life-map. Thank you, again.

  2. Well,said. I am surprised again at how our ideas seem to parellel right now.

  3. This reminds me of alot of the material i have been reading lately. talking about the universal bank account and source energy. We were all blank canvases when we were born and everything that we do, the way we walk, talk, dress, THINK, was demonstrated to us and deposited in us at some point in our lives, including our belief systems. So with that being said you have to basically reprogram yourself to be the person you want to be.deep

    • I, too, have noticed these kinds of thoughts are everywhere now, as if Love itself is pressing its message into us. I so hope this is true and that it is time for healing, enlightenment and us and earth celebrating the beauty of life. Thank you so much for stopping here.

  4. I definitely believe that suffering is caused by separation from God. Not living in the Will of God and not being heart-centered separates us from God, as a branch that is broken off the tree cannot be nourished by its source. And we just don’t seem to be able to GET that until we’ve had experienced the temptations the world has to offer. Although Solomon asked for wisdom, he was given everything else, which is how he learned his wisdom. Much of Eastern teaching teaches detachment, and we do suffer to the degree that we are attached to people and things.
    Loving God and loving each other alleviates suffering,
    love,
    anita

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