What is suffering? According to the dictionary suffering is the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. At first glance suffering may appear as a double edge sword. Two sides of a single spectrum. But it is not, suffering is a never ending circle which only a few become enlightened and are able rise above it to new heights. This is not true for societies or humanity in general at least on the larger scale. Suffering is a disease that is infectious. It leaves a trail of disaster, trauma and unnecessary harm. The assumption that suffering is necessary for our growth is incorrect. If this assumption were true there would be no war, no famine, no poverty, no isms … no suffering. We would not see the generational and destructive impact to the human genome/family. Some conflate suffering with pain. When placed in a safe pressure cooker such as a practice hall, or studio we experience what some many consider growing pains. After all “a student should be hit frequently and on occasions hurt.” In this case it is only suffering if we become attached and addicted to the methodology. In our lives there are micro pains e.g. the paper cuts of life, the small mistakes we make along the way, the temporarily pain that leads us and our egos to believe we are suffering. This thinking becomes a double edge sword of a learning process. These pains are what we have come to expect as a of the nature of being human. They are not systemic infrastructures outside of our nature. In these situation as in the training hall pain not suffering maybe useful if we can address and learn from them early – if and only if, the society is not rotten from the infestation. However, the sometime unasked question “does it really need to be so or are we creatures of habit thus we expect it even when there maybe another way. The ancient ideologies and philosophies seem to believe there is a different way of being with out pain and suffering. When we fall in the beginning of our journeys is that pain, suffering or something else. Of course if we fall and break something that is painful but do we learn from our mistake or become fearful of it? If we allow our egos or our ignorance to get in way and go against the laws of physic that could be painful, or if we do not listen to our inner being in matters of emotions and the heart and when we don’t is that too is painful lesson or aversion. We are the single common cause or our pain and suffering. We somehow believe it is needed for our growth. Even though it might have been avoided with the proper education, in a nurturing society that have shared and collective values. If we have internal practices and allow them to inform us as a community. But instead we give ourselves permission to cause harm on a micro level e.g. the “little” lies, our “small” indiscretions in our not knowing, not realizing or not caring. These permission we gave ourselves have a direct impact on the macro world as well. In knowing all this, is pain or suffering really necessary or is it an addiction and of our choices?