What causes people’s suffering? Suffering in the physical world is only a test for humans.
The earth is like a classroom, and souls come here to study lessons such as love, mercy, patience, forgiveness, and human unity. Every person will face a test, or so-called suffering, at some point in their lives, like a school exam. The purpose of each person’s exam (suffering), though it may take on different forms, durations, and purposes depending on the individual, is to gauge that person’s level of spiritual maturity. A test will be administered to some people when they are young, to others when they are teenagers, to some in the middle of their lives, and to some at the end of their lives.
The world school test may be given in the form of gains or losses in the areas of love, relationships, health, wealth, and other things. In the physical world, everything has its own cycle, such as day and night, hot and cold, ridge and dent, happy and sad, good and bad, and all ups and downs are just that—experiences. The worldly test turns into suffering when a person tries to run away from it or defy it.
The suffering won’t last forever; when the time is right, everything will change. It’s similar to riding a motorcycle; the rider will notice and experience various things, including traffic, a straight stretch of road, a ridge, a hill, a downhill, and so on. Everything that crossed the rider’s path was simply experience.
Be like a rider; learn to appreciate everything you come across while out riding, including the ascent, the road, the scenery, the natural world, the people, and anything else. Do not become emotionally invested in worldly affairs. It is enough just to be; there is no need to become a monk or run away from suffering. Suffering results from attempting to escape or becoming attached to worldly experience. Simply enjoy, comprehend, learn, and soak up life.