If you’ve read John Green’s book Looking For Alaska you would understand this. If you haven’t yet, why the heck not? I’m kidding, anyway it doesn’t matter if you’ve read the book or not. What’s important is you understand the message I’m trying to convey. Read on and share your thoughts and ideas after.
HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THE LABYRINTH OF SUFFERING?
To forgive. John Green says.
But I beg to differ. While the idea is thought provoking, it is highly questionable.
I believe the answer to the question is we don’t. We don’t get out of the labyrinth of suffering.
I’m sorry to have to say it but this is a truth that I have learned and will stand by until it is proven to me to be otherwise. However, not getting out doesn’t mean you are trapped. Don’t sit in a corridor or a hallway and make yourself comfortable with knowing you will never get out because it will always haunt you.
You need to explore your own personal labyrinth of suffering. Memorize every cracks and crevices. Memorize every wall, and start questioning why that wall is there. Think about how that wall changes not only the labyrinth but who you are as a person. Eventually you will find the walls get wider, less claustrophobic. The ground is softer and your feet hurt less to walk the endless winding path.
The Labyrinth is a path you must walk alone, but soon you will look back to where you used to tread, floor worn down by the ever paced halls and you will find yourself in a better place than you were then.
It won’t get easier, things rarely ever do, but it will haunt you less and less each time you find a dead end where you hoped there would be a door.
When you find the room, the room at the end of it all where you look back on your journey, you will see the hand-prints of everyone who has ever touched your life. Making it hurt less with each touch. But what will really move you is all the hand-prints that you will leave behind on everyone else’s Labyrinth.
Suffering, I believe is a state of mind, it is in you to label if you’re suffering or not but that doesn’t change the fact that it still exists.
My point here is, life is full of suffering. The world is full of suffering and it is inevitable. Suffering is endless and even if it is, it doesn’t last long for it haunts you back over and over. But the beauty of it is how you actually have the control to handle that labyrinth of suffering. How you use it to your advantage and how you not let it destroy you.