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Name some accomplished people whose lives were worse than yours (and who didn’t kill themselves)

by thebends

I’m sure you’ve heard “other people have it worse” a million times. It doesn’t even register with me. How is it supposed to make us feel better, knowing that the world is full of people also suffering and leading worthless lives?

But here’s an idea. Like my title says, name some accomplished people whose lives were worse than yours but they didn’t kill themselves. Instead they contributed to the universe, even while suffering and dying tragically, they “held on” and it paid off.

I can think of 1. Billie Holiday (whom I’m listening to right now). Raped at age 12, sold into prostitution at 14, hooked on drugs at the same time, a hated minority, so bad that at one of her headlining shows she was told to use the service elevator, and yet she kept singing until her lungs gave out. Made the world a better place even though the world did nothing but shit on her.

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Sanarisonordic 9/28/2020 - 1:46 pm

What purpose does suffering serve?

thebends 9/28/2020 - 3:36 pm

absolutely none. I just want to know who was strong enough to survive it and do something with their lives

Abandoned 9/28/2020 - 3:39 pm

I’m working on it if that counts. I might not be the most known person on earth but if things work out I’ll be where I want to be which is all that matters

thebends 9/28/2020 - 3:57 pm

That would be amazing. To make an impact on the world and show the world (literally pointing them to this website even) how close you came to the bottom.

There are lots of people who manage to stay alive. But I want to do more than that. I want to stay alive and contribute to the world. Good luck to you, I hope you can be an example.

mountaingoat 9/28/2020 - 11:13 pm

Does Hellen Keller count?

thebends 9/29/2020 - 8:48 am

She definitely counts. Great example.

mysteriousvisitor 10/2/2020 - 2:59 am

A lot of saints/martyrs suffered a lot.

thebends 10/25/2020 - 5:20 pm

Yes true. I’ve been trying to remember the name of a saint who suffered some horrible disease that made lose her sight, hearing and sense of touch in addition to crippling her. I’d say that’s about as bad as it gets.

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