The Fruit Of Suffering is not for the weak or for the wanton street peddler; the childish or the fool. The Art Of Suffering is for those who willfully submit themselves in the ever long queue of one’s work. Day jobs and errands aside, paying dues and making sacrifices with the resources that no artisan or manufacture may or can replicate is how one reaps the Fruit of Suffering.
Suffering is defined best by the action of it; suffer. “To feel keenly. To suffer pain, death, and duress.” Most importantly, to endure. The phrase “what does not kill you, makes you stronger” comes to mind and heart, as it should. If you endure or suffer great trials, willingly like the champions before us along their path to greatness, you are rewarded with experience, the greatest teacher, and Fruit that sustains its own resources. To transform one’s self in such a way calls that much be sacrificed; the low way for the high way. The lowly manner transcended for a higher price. But being able to afford the higher price, or rather paying the higher price rewards higher results.
Many, and countless others suffer in the low sense in that they throw themselves to death’s sickle for reasons disrespectful, and do so willingly and often. Alcoholism and drug abuse, relationships that teach them nothing but to reinforce bad relations and therefore bad esteem for self and others, and many coyly crafted devices to keep one comfortable in one’s own mediocrity, that one warmly shares with the many. Mass consciousness of their own unconsciousness, disturbed righteously by the sound of someone conscious and vital. A “Team Sleep” of sorts, that battles against all that are not “Lotus Eaters.” But those who are not buried alive among the thickets and thorn-bushes know that the mountain top bestows a view and a bliss peerless, even by the best drug.
In summary, to suffer, to endure, to survive, and then thrive, are the ways of the stars and the forces of nature. To submit the fees of emotion, time, effort, sacrifice in return for “Higher Living” is a conscious choice to sacrifice strength AND duty.