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Subject:  Re: What is your goal in life? Date:  10/11/2012  11:44 AM
Author:  CCinOC Number:  648283 of 756683

AOLF, do you like to read? One thing you may consider is feeding your mind, as that takes no physical effort that would tax your body, yet is sometimes helpful in overcoming depression. Human pain of the type you're experiencing can ultimately be liberating. My favorite author wrote profoundly about suffering in this book.

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

http://www.pc-freak.net/files/ProblemOfPain.pdf

Excerpt:

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it's more common and also harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it's easier to say "My tooth is aching" than to say "My heart is broken". Yet if the cause is accepted and faced, the conflict will strengthen and purify the character and in time the pain will usually pass. Sometimes, however, it persists and the effect is devastating; if the cause is not faced or not recognised, it produces the dreary state of the chronic neurotic. But some by heroism overcome even chronic mental pain They often produce brilliant work and strengthen, harden, and sharpen their characters till they become like tempered steel. [...]

Pain provides an opportunity for heroism; the opportunity is seized with surprising frequency.
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