Universal suffering

2020-05-04

Most of the people who have ever lived have had it much, much worse than you have it today. Most of the people alive today have it much worse than you do now. But nobody has had it easy, and that includes you. That’s because being a person is hard. It’s built right in. Normal, well-adjusted people suffer for no reason. Almost all the time.

There’s no inspiring conclusion, clever workaround or meaningful next steps. This is just a regularly-scheduled public service announcement: pain is part of the deal. Pain is the deal. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong. It just is.