Ramadan 2013

8 Ramadan 2013: Life’s ‘Natural’ Mechanism

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca


In this post, we were reflecting on the nature of difficulty and trials. We found, after research, that their nature is related to the objective of life. Those fasting this month believe that the objective of life is to be tested … tested for who is best in their faith and good deeds which can only be attained when we are at our best. A ‘common’ test is one we prepare for by access to knowledge especially when we don’t know what kinds of questions will be asked on the test, so some may pass and some may fail depending on the quality of knowledge gained beforehand. So what about life’s test?

In life, we have a choice to either pass or fail a series of tests of self-improvement. If we pass them, then we have acquired a new experience, learning and a new strength. If we fail them, then we expect more trials which may or may not be of the same difficulty.

And thus is life’s natural mechanism for self-improvement as we:

… recognise a test … identify the weakness … pass the test … celebrate the strength.

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