About suffering

Tratto dal libro Shantaram, di D. G. Roberts

I think that suffering is the way we test our love. Every act of suffering, no matter how small or agonizingly great, is a test of love in some way. Most of the time, suffering is also a test of our love for God. (…) The Holy Koran tells us that all things in the universe are related, one to another, and that even opposites are united in some way. I think that there are two points about suffering that we should remember, and they have to do with pleasure and pain. The first is this: that pain and suffering are connected, but they are not the same thing. Pain can exist without suffering, and it is also possible to suffer without feeling pain. (…) The difference between them is this, I think: that what we learn from pain -for example, that fire burns and is dangerous- is always individual, for ourselves alone, but what we learn from suffering is what unites us as one human people. If we do not suffer with our pain, then we have not learned about anything but ourselves. Pain without suffering is like victory without struggle. We do not learn from it what makes us stronger or better or closer to God.

Tratto dal libro Shantaram di D. G. Roberts

Che cosa caratterizza maggiormente la razza umana? La crudeltà o la capacità di provare vergogna? (…) È il perdono che ci rende unici. Senza perdono la nostra specie si sarebbe distrutta in una serie di faide senza fine. Senza perdono non esisterebbe la storia. Senza la speranza del perdono non ci sarebbe l’arte, perchè l’arte è in qualche modo un gesto di perdono. Senza il sogno di un perdono non ci sarebbe amore, perchè ogni atto d’amore è in qualche modo una promessa di perdono. Viviamo perchè possiamo amare, e amiamo perchè sappiamo perdonare.

In the end that…

In the end that’s all we have (Tratto dal libro Shantaram di G. D. Roberts)

Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears. In the end that’s all there is: love and its duty, sorrow and its truth. In the end that’s all we have – to hold on tight until the dawn.

 

Lovers and suffering

Lovers find their way by such insights and confidences: they’re the stars we use to navigate the ocean of desire. And the brightest of those stars are the heartbreaks and sorrows. The most precious gift you can bring to your lover is your suffering. So I took each sadness she confessed to me, and pinned it to the sky.

Tratto dal libro Shantaram, di G. D. Roberts

I think that we…

I think that we all, eache one of us, we all have to earn our future. I think the future is like anything else that’s important. It has to be earned. If we don’t earn it, we don’t have a future at all. And if we don’t earn it, if we don’t deserve it, we have to live in the present, more or less forever. Or worse, we have to live in the past. I think that’s probably what love is – a way of earning the future.

Shantaram, G. D. Roberts