is suffering some primal condition of existence that we are trying to pull ourselves out of? or is it like a disease? alive and infectious–being passed down through families, transmitted through countless harmful interactions–building itself up into great waves of tragedy over and over throughout history.
maybe it started it’s existance wihin us as a symbiant
suffering might have its roots in hierarchy–in the natural social arrangements of pack animals. in such animals suffering has a role to play. those who suffer least become and remain the alphas. the alpha must inflict suffering upon all contenders. pain alone is not enough–the memory of pain and the fear of that pain reoccurring–in short, the suffering–must remain.
this of course also creates suffering–and in fact is driven by suffering–within the alpha. but isn’t it true that some suffer more than others? who suffers more–the oppressed or the oppressor? the answer is obvious. as humans the oppressors often take advantage of the well known wisdom that that which seems obvious can sometimes be deceiving. they hide behind this and scramble to maintain their ignorance.
but overall the oppressed will always suffer more than the oppressor. this is why, throughout history, when the oppressed have risen up to become the oppressors, the oppression they impose tends to be more brutal than that of the previous regime. it’s not as if they magically shed their suffering when they take the reins of power. and just as the suffering (the disgust, fear, and hatred) of those they have deposed had lead to the injustices committed against themselves, so does their own greater suffering as the oppressed lead them to commit even greater injustices as the oppressors.
maybe this seems like an unfair assessment of the oppressed peoples of the world–that they are the more brutal, the more vengeful, the more cruel. but i think the assessment is accurate–it is the reality of this arrangement that is unfair. it leads to a cyclical compounding of suffering–a feedback loop between the oppressed and the oppressors.
the original injustice (itself a product of suffering)–the theft of land, the enslavement of people, the presumption of superiority–leads directly and obviously to the suffering of the oppressed. resentment, envy, hatred, bloodthirst arise. and this leads to the increased fear and hatred of the oppressor which leads to greater injustices and so on.
the oppressed have but one advantage over their oppressors: being the worse off of the two groups, the oppressed are bound to become intolerant of the ever escalating cycle and begin working to disrupt it. they recognize their own suffering for what it is, and are therefore better prepared to envision a path of true progress.
the oppressors, on the other hand, become more and more determined to maintain the cycle of suffering. most of their own suffering becomes invisible to them. blame for the majority of their suffering of which they are aware is laid upon the oppressed.