A Poem for You: About Suffering


About Suffering BY ELISA GABBERT Part of suffering is the useless urge to announce that you’re suffering. There is no other way to say it: I’m suffering. Just to say “I suffer” helps. I read somewhere, “we become lyrical when we suffer.” Happiness is suffering for the right reasons. First-order suffering is second-order happiness. You have to suffer for beauty? Because you have to suffer. We pride ourselves on a high quality of suffering. Turgenev was born in 1818 in the Province of Orel, and suffered during his childhood from a tyrannical mother. In the past their suffering was less absurd. The [...]