“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have a great sadness on Earth.”
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Those who live a full life must, by definition, experience the “ups” and “downs” that comes with the terms & conditions of human existence. I dislike when people/society seems to demonize sadness, as if to say being sad is not something “healthy” humans experience. Also, how would one “recognize” joy if they have never experienced profound sadness? I tend to believe people develop, grow, and create more during difficult/trying times then when things are “just peachy.” Teleologically speaking, reaching for one’s aims is supposed to be difficult. Suffering, at least to some extent, is necessary in order to “reach” one’s potential, or aim. The “bad times” are equally important, perhaps even more so, than the “good times,” for in times of challenge, we either “fall upwards” (ie overcome the barrier) or give up. Each method yields different results obviously, but there is something to be said, to value, about sadness…in PRAISE of sadness, in appreciation of joy, and the wisdom to understand the purpose of each.