Why people suffer? – Call for philosophical essays

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Humans are averted to suffering. We do not wish to ache or cry.

Yet, life is full of pain.

Why?

Of what use is that pain?

How could good people suffer while others are spared the day? Is there a plan behind all this or are we just trying to discover meaning where there is nothing to find or say?

Send your essays to Harmonia Philosophica (harmoniaPhilosophica.com) and see them published in our portal. All submissions adhering to the submission requirements will be published, unless you wish not to.

Submission Requirements

  • Minimum length: 50 words.
  • Content: Submissions must be relative to the topic and have a philosophical flavor.
  • Publication indication: Please indicate explicitly in your submission whether you wish us to publish your essay and under what name (could be an alias). Essays that do not explicitly mention these publication details will not be published due to data protection regulations.
  • Deadline: December 2022.
  • Contact info: harmonia-philosophica@hotmail.com

Seek Harmonia Philosophica article ‘Why do good people suffer?‘ for inspiration.

Looking forward to your ideas!

Light. Low light. Essence.

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It was a puzzle about birds.

Migratory birds are known to rely on Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate the globe. And it was suspected that a protein called cryptochrome, which is sensitive to blue light, was making it possible for birds to do this.

Yet many of these animals are also known to migrate at night when there isn’t much light available. So it wasn’t clear how cryptochrome would function under these conditions in birds.

A new study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center in collaboration with SMU (Southern Methodist University), though, may have figured out the answer to that puzzle.

Researchers found that cryptochromes from migratory birds have evolved a mechanism that enhances their ability to respond to light, which can enable them to sense and respond to magnetic fields.

“We were able to show that the protein cryptochrome is extremely efficient at collecting and responding to low levels of light,” said SMU chemist Brian D. Zoltowski, who was one of the lead authors of a new study on the findings. (1)

There you go. They still use light.

But they can see light where we cannot.

There is nothing which is not what it is.

There is no one who does not what he does.

You are you. Birds are birds.

You cannot change your nature.

It is just that your nature is… flexible.

We are dancing in the cosmos. And no matter what we think we can do. We will always dance. Because we can. Because we are meant to dance. We think we do things. We trick our selfs into believing we can make things happen. How wrong are we. The music never stopped playing. And the more we do something, the more we stop listening…

In a world full of music, the only thing we can do is not dance.

And fall…

Clouds…

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In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds that rain in the atmosphere of a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light-years from Earth. (1)

Clouds far far away. But how can we detect clouds?

How can we detect rain if we do not get wet?

How can you know how a peach tastes if you do not eat it?

How could you know what death is?

If you do not die first?

How delusional we are.

Believing we can know things without believing…

Do not be envious! (There is nothing to be envy about…)

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People look up at presidents as if they are special.

People look up at CEOs as if they are special.

People look up at leaders of states as if they are special.

But all these persons are just humans.

And the truth is that you are special as well!

It is all a matter of what you have decided to do. There are no successful humans or special humans. There are only humans who chose to dedicate themselves to something instead of something else. You could be in the position of those presidents if you wanted.

If you didn’t do such a great job at parenting, spending hours and hours talking and playing with your beloved child. If you didn’t pursue that phD so hard, spending hours and years in research. If you didn’t spend all that time in relaxing and doing nothing (yes, this is a choice as well!), cherishing every passing moment as no one else could. If you didn’t spend all those years in universities or if you didn’t spend all those years in martial arts practicing.

All these things are important. For those who consider them to be.

Don’t be envy of others. Be proud of your choices!

At the end, the sum of all actions of a person is always the same: Zero. We spend energy and time to do things. And this energy and time is always transformed into something else. It is just that every person choses a different ‘something else’. No matter what that is, the time and energy you have spend are always transformed. And yes, luck and other external factors also play a role, but we cannot control that as much as we would like so worrying or arguing about them is like arguing whether it will rain in one year or not.

Own your choices and accept that what you do is what you do.

Nothing more and certainly nothing less.

The entry of president Roosevelt’s diary the day his wife and mother died simply wrote…

‘The light has gone out of my life’ (source)

He was no longer a president. But a man who lost his wife and mother. It is this light that you must strive to find. Inside you, not in titles or degrees or achievements. But inside you. What makes you happy and whole? Try to pursue that. And no matter how unhappy you will become at the end – because at the end you will – you will be enlightened. Life has the tendency to be cruel, but it can never take away our choices.

At the end we all die. At the end we all have to face the void.

And rest assured, each one of us will do that alone.

And right there, it will be of paramount importance to be proud of your choices.

By humbling yourself enough to accept them…

And right before the end.

(Smile…)

Reaching your potential…

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Having aspirations helps us navigate life in a meaningful and fulfilling way, but it can also cause psychological distress when hopes are left unfulfilled. New research has found that it’s not failing to make progress toward our ‘ideal-self’ that is problematic but rather the tendency to focus on that lack of progress in a negative way that leads to psychological distress. (1)

Humans trying to reach their potential.

But who dictates that potential?

And if you don’t reach your potential, wouldn’t that mean that this was your potential?

Humans. Constantly thinking.

Of what should be.

Of what could be.

Never their mind on where they are. What they are doing.

Watch yourself. Trying to walk. Trying to speak. Trying to think.

Think not any further.

This is your potential!

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