Are we to blame?

Are we to blame for our own suffering? If the answer is yes, then it may be within our power to reduce suffering.

Something to think about: how many of the following sources of suffering are caused by humans?

Abuse

Abuse.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has figures showing that 1 in 4 people were abused physically as children and 1 in 3 women say they had been the victim of one or both types of attacks at some point in their lives.

bereavement.

Globally, there were an estimated 477,000 murders in 2016, according to the World Health Organization’s 2018 report. This is on top of the estimated 180,000 fatalities from wars and other issues that year.

health problems.

More than a billion people smoke, and tobacco is physical abuse implicated in the top five causes of death: heart disease, stroke, respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer.

social inequality.

“Mental suffering is more likely when there is poverty, relative inequality, exposure to racism and sexism, dislocation, and a competitive culture,” says psychologist Jay Watts.

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