Agree or Disagree: Without pain, we cannot fully understand joy.

Sometimes the simplest ideas like this are the ones that bring out some interesting perspectives. This statement without pain, we cannot fully understand joy.

For this, I thought I would share two different perspectives.

The first one is from a song from J. Cole called No Holding Me Back. Here are a portion of the lyrics. And no, I will not be singing this song.

What’s sunshine with nAnnotateo rain
What’s joy without the pain

And I’m still gon’ do my thing
There ain’t no holding me back
Aye I’mma get mine, believe that
And what’s sunshine with no rain
And what’s joy without the pain

Or in other words, The good things in life have much less meaning without the bad things to give.

The other perspective I will share with you is from John Green, the author of the book The Fault of Our Stars. Here is a quote from the book.

Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.

What do you think?



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