Originally Posted by MonoVCPHG
Temporary discomfort for a greater sense of calm.
I do not understand why the human condition seems to assume that discomfort or adversity is something to be avoided, instead of something to be confronted and moved past. It reminds me of when I was between the ages of 6 and 18, when I had a fear of vomiting and would do everything to avoid it; i think I must have only puked once or twice during that entire period of time. Now, when I feel sick, I try to get it over with as quickly as possible, or at least I don't try to fight it when it happens. It's not as though those few moments have to define the rest of your life. Maybe the fact that I've embraced my predisposition toward pessimism makes it easier for me to realize this kind of thing, because the purpose of looking for problems is to either deal with them or rule them out.