Why does Nature suck?
The answer is simple. It is essentially because people and animals are allowed to suffer. Who says that suffering has to be a part of life? We are so used and primed to suffering, that we think that it couldn’t be any other way. I am not talking about small issues, daily hassles or short-term pain, but serious sufferings that lead to irreversible negative psychological and physical outcomes, eventually ending with death. It is in every living beings interest to avoid suffering as much as they can. Nobody wants to suffer!
Not counting the minority of individuals who have psychological issues and consequently enjoy pain to some extent. But even there the ultimate goal is to reach pleasure via means of “bearable” suffering. In other words those who enjoy being subjected to pain, psychological, physical, sexual or otherwise, still want to get passed the layer of pain to experience the associated gratification behind. Besides, one could argue that those seeking out suffering consciously or subconsciously are actually in control of their suffering and therefore don’t experience it as such. After all, that’s what is desired, the gratification is coming from.
Another example would be the type of suffering that comes from strenuous exercises and hard training. While we may experience a level of pain (some suffering), the gratification outweighs the negative feelings and hence should be considered positive over all. To sum it all up, nobody wants to really suffer, especially when it is uncontrolled and with no end in sight.
What are some of the negative aspects in life/nature?
Lethargy, death, jealousy, envy, violence, pain, anxiety, rejection, illness, brutality, cruelty, hate, worry, frustration, grief, guilt, boredom, anger, sadness, shyness, confusion, restlessness, nervousness, agitation, greed, insatiability, bereavement, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, disappointment and regret.
These are obviously all parts that make up life as we know it. Some of these elements in small doses surely are bearable and can even lead to positive outcomes long term. I.E: Dissatisfaction and frustration can generate the motivation needed to change ones situation and up feeling satisfied and content.
It also depends on what we regret. Do we regret not having taken the scarf and winter cap when we left home and consequently were cold or do we regret not having called the ambulance for someone who as a result of our inaction ended up dead? There are differences in degree. A little bit of guilt, pain, jealousy or nervousness may not be so bad, but a lot of it certainly can be and have extremely negative consequences.
Even if we would disagree with some of the negative aspects mentioned as they can lay the seed and turn into positive outcomes, there are still situations in nature that are negative no matter which way we look at them. That’s when any of those mentioned elements reach a point of severe suffering, so traumatic that we never recover from it completely, a point of no return. Unfortunately this exists and one way or another each one of us experiences this in some shape of form. Even we had been lucky enough not to encounter some of the tough sides of life, no matter what, at some point we are confronted with illness, the loss of a loved one and death.
Like I mentioned in the introduction of this writing, in case we are reasonably satisfied with our lives we should not fail to take into account the lives of other individuals.Not just humans, but also animals, that experience extreme hardship and suffering in this very minute you are reading these lines. Life as it is right now is cruel and contains a lot of negativity, negativity which in a perfectly designed world would not exist. Nature simply isn’t perfect!
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