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					                               Fear is the path to the
                               ‘Dark Side’.
                               Fear leads to anger, anger
                               leads to hate, hate leads
                               to suffering!
                               From Star Wars: The Phantom Menace


There are 3 main types of suffering. Accidental - Deliberate - Natural.

Natural suffering can sometimes be the hardest to endure because we feel there is nothing that can be done.
Often God is blamed for this. Religious people believe God is all powerful and all loving. If this is true, why
does he allow suffering if he could stop it?

      Read this story
      A man found a cocoon of the emperor moth and took it home to watch it emerge.
      One day a small opening appeared, and for several hours the moth struggled and
      suffered but couldn't seem to force its body past a certain point.
      Deciding something was wrong, the man took scissors and snipped the remaining bit
      of cocoon. The moth emerged easily, its body large and swollen, the wings small
      and shrivelled.
      He expected that in a few hours the wings would spread out in their natural beauty,
      but they did not. Instead of developing into a creature free to fly, the moth spent its
      life dragging around a swollen body and shrivelled wings.
      The constricting cocoon and the struggle necessary to pass through the tiny opening
      are God's way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings. The “merciful” snip
      was, in reality, cruel. Sometimes the suffering is exactly what we need.


Religious people often say that God does not cause suffering but can use it for our benefit. Although we find
this hard at the time it is often true.
 Make a list of examples of suffering, try and get at least 10. For each say how they could be of benefit to
     us in the future. Are there any that have no long-term benefit?
 Write a story of a time where you had a hard time but learnt an important lesson. Or write about
     suffering in your past that you can now see had a positive effect.
 Do you agree with what Yoda says? Can fear really lead to suffering? Do we cause suffering for others if
     we do not control our emotions? What do you think? Write at least half a side!!

				
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