Suffering is a state of physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental pain. Suffering is about loss. It could be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a limb, or even the loss of memory. What is considered as loss can be interpreted in many different ways, depending on the individual. This concept can also be explored through community distress.
A whole society can be affected by loss, grief, and sadness. Artistic works about suffering often come with a great cost to the artist and it is an expression of personal experiences. An artist may use his/her own grief, loss, ailments, or pain as the catalyst for their work.
Rationale for Teaching
Because all people experience suffering in their lifetime in some way, it becomes an important subject to discuss through teaching. The concept of suffering can be used effectively in conjunction with Social Studies and English, as a way for learners to talk about loss, share examples throughout history, and even write about their personal instances of loss. Teaching suffering through art can be a very therapeutic experience for all involved.
- Suffering can be mental/physical pain
- Suffering is about loss
- Suffering can be community distress
- How does mental/physical pain cause individual suffering?
- How does loss create suffering?
- How does suffering/distress affect communities?