The Unbearable

What is unbearable is not to suffer but to be afraid of suffering. To endure a precise pain, a definite loss, a hunger for something one knows—this it is possible to bear. One can live with this pain. But in fear there is all the suffering of the world: to dread suffering is to suffer an infinite pain since one supposes it unbearable.


  1. I don’t dread suffering. What gets me down is not knowing the cause. That and not being believed or offered relief. I’m speaking of physical suffering here, not the suffering of loss.

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