Is suffering a legitimate form of human expression?Stephen Farah
- In the discussion of how to enter into a dialogue , rather than Lacan’s parallel monologue you suggested that both in prayer, as well as in discussion with your wife, you found the most significant way to ensure a dialogue was to remove your ‘ego’ from the dialogue.
- This resulted in two questions from my side:
- Who it was that entered into the dialogue if not your ego? This has remained unanswered to date.
- I suggested that your prayer may be seen as an embrace of suffering. This you did answer by saying that indeed it was.
What does it mean to actively embrace suffering?This answer (that your faith was an embrace of suffering), as you know by now, is one which has really shocked me. And I am obliged to ask myself what it was about this that I found so emotive, why am I reacting as strongly as I am. Well clearly, as you well know, this is an indication that an unconscious complex has been triggered. And this email is an attempt to make sense of my reaction and my thoughts about this issue. On some reflection I really don’t know why I am so surprised by your explicitness on this point, that the true Catholic embraces suffering. I mean I always knew this implicitly anyway that being a Christian, never mind a Catholic, was, in part, a legitimising of suffering. I suppose there were two things about your saying that I didn’t see coming:
- I implicitly assumed this to be an antiquated belief and thought that the modern Catholic had somehow sterilised the Cannon to remove this view. Something like the way Hell and Brimstone seems to have become something far milder in the last few decades.
- Your view which, if I have understood correctly (I’m still not entirely sure), goes further. It is not just a legitimising of suffering but the deification of suffering: a pursuit of Crucifixion.