Western Religion tells us that suffering purifies us, and that we must expect suffering to always be in our lives, because of our sinful nature. They believe the world is made on the basis of struggle, and struggle is inevitably attended by difficulty, often pain plus hardship. The Bible says, "Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward" Job 5:7 and in St. John 16:33, "In the world ye shall have tribulation". The theme being that the chief duty of humans is to endure life. I struggle with with the belief that not only must we endure suffering, but to also expect it to be present in our lives, because of our sinful nature.
A more humane approach is through Eastern Religion, that tells us suffering is optional. That we suffer only as long as we stay unenlightened. The Tao is Tao, 79 states, "The ignorant create their own agonies when they allow their desire, greed and hatred to turn the fiction in their minds into the reality of suffering". Tao believes that most forms of suffering are the results of inventions of our own minds. Our inability to deal with or understand our own beliefs and emotions. The Tao believes that attachment and ego are closely linked and that they are the main causes of our suffering (we bring it on ourselves). They encourage perpetual action to satisfy their unstatiable needs. That the main problems of suffering lie in the sphere of the spirit and that they are problems of the mind.
We are not doomed to always live in suffering, and if we rid ourselves of our dis-empowering beliefs we will find that the meaning of life is life itself. Replace these dis-empowering beliefs with empowering beliefs and we will fill our world with beauty and meaning, and suffering will slip away. If we cease being run by these discriminatory beliefs, based on lies, we will know a new freedom a new happiness. The sooner we accept the realm of the spirit as a part of reality, the sooner real solutions will become possible. We must let go of our false self. So instead of being doomed to endure life, we can live life. We can create the life we want.