Theme Of Suffering In The Alchemist

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Suffering “People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don’t deserve them or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. Their hearts become fearful just thinking of the loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly.” (Stated the Alchemist) “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer” the boy told the alchemist. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with Eternity.’ (Page 124) “Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?’ the boy asked the alchemist. “Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer” (page 126) This conversation however philosophically said, in the context, resonates with the ‘meaning of suffering’, another important idea proposed in the Logotherapy. In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice or heroism. Santiago in his journey towards the Pyramids suffers more than any ordinary shepherd boy brought up in Andalusia. He has to part from his flock of sixty sheep which were his only friends and had taught him almost everything about life and
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