Norman Quote –

Most of us believe suffering is negative, difficult, and to be avoided at all costs.  Suffering breaks our spirit and ruins our life.  So rather than face the suffering we blame others or the world for the unfortunate things that have happened to us.  Or we blame ourselves, imagining that we are essentially incapable of happiness and right action.  All of this amounts to a strategy of distraction.  Blame is a way of avoiding the actual suffering we feel.  And if we are unwilling to face our own suffering, how much more are we unwilling to take in the suffering of others, let alone the whole mass of suffering of this troubled world.