A Quote by Clifford Geertz on religion, suffering, compassion, humanity, and strength

As a religious problem, the problem of suffering is, paradoxically, not how to avoid suffering but how to suffer, how to make of physical pain, personal loss, worldly defeat, or the helpless contemplation of others’ agony something bearable, supportable- something as we say, sufferable.

Clifford Geertz

Source: Geertz, Clifford. “Religion as a Cultural System”. NY: Basic Books, 1973. Page 70.

Contributed by: Christine