The Value of Tragedy
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
If all evil were prevented, much good would be absent from the universe. A lion would cease to live, if there were no slaying of animals; and there would be no patience of martyrs if there were no tyrannical persecution.
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274 C.E.), Summa Theologicae pt. 1, qu. 22, art. 2
Pain, suffering and death are necessary evils in the cycle of creation. They’re what ignites and propels creation in the universe and they’re what we need to grow and evolve. Learning to open yourself up to observing the value of tragedy doesn’t mean you have to like it or won’t feel anger toward it. It simply means you’re choosing to perceive your moments of pain, suffering and death as a signal from the universe that it’s time for you to change and grow. Practice Think of a time when you experienced a difficulty or a tragedy in your life. What good came from it? What did you learn about yourself? How did it change your life? Did You Know… A shared focus of religion, philosophy and psychology is the reconciliation of dualism in life (i.e. the reconciliation of good and evil, mind and body, light and dark, etc.).
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