We make the unbearable bearable, by a process of transmutation. What we cannot bear alone must be shared – but the pain itself in a raw form isn’t something anyone wants to voluntarily take a piece of. So, we get inside the sensation and describe it as best we can with words, with sound, with image, as if to say ” Here, look at this thing you don’t want to see from a vantage point that’s curated the suffering, boiled down the pain and made medicine from the poison”. That is what we call artistic expression.
Many of the wisdom traditions and much of modern moral philosophy advocates a reduction or elimination of suffering, which seems like and probably is a good idea to a point. But if we were successful in reducing the pain – via a philosophy, or a drug, or a reduction of incoming pain stimulus – what would happen to the motivation toward creating what arguably makes us Human? Would a world without suffering be a world without human-created beauty, and if so, would that non-suffering world be a deeper form of suffering? If we don’t know, what do we do.