DISCUSSION: Muggeridge on Suffering

DISCUSSION: Muggeridge on Suffering May 17, 2024


Supposing you eliminated suffering, what a dreadful place the world would be! I would almost rather eliminate happiness. The world would be the most ghastly place because everything that corrects the tendency of this unspeakable little creature, man, to feel over-important and over-pleased with himself would disappear. He’s bad enough now, but he would be absolutely intolerable if he never suffered.

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us is to feel ourselves at home on this earth.

As an old man…looking back on one’s life, it’s one of the things that strikes you most forcibly—that the only thing that’s taught one anything is suffering. Not success, not happiness, not anything like that. The only thing that really teaches one what life’s about…is suffering, affliction.

Malcolm Muggeridge,   “A Dialogue with Roy Trevivian,” in Jesus Rediscovered 


HT:  Jerome German

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