100 / (w)orld-pained

We call it world-pain weltschmerz— the chronic disease of the pure idealist, the invisible illness of the undiluted skeptic.

It is a sickness of panic and rage, inflamed when the world isn’t working as it ought.

When a child starves, when a species dies, when a lie spreads…
the world aches, and the infected amongst us grieve with it, interwoven in companionship.

Don’t hide from the pain.Β  At its core is an all-healing anti-virus, a quiet spark that burns helplessness like coal and brings light to a lost maxim of hope:

The world deserves better.Β  Let’s give it our best.


* Picture from The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Are you infected with world-pain?


  1. Considering that I almost posted something earlier that said that there is something wrong with a society that gets more “offended” over swear words than famine, I would say “yes”.

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  2. I feel pain at the greed and the superficial, and the rudeness around me. Someone at my work has over 50 pairs of shoes, and is oblivious to the world around her because she has never experienced having to make it on her own..arrgh, was a rough week. Thank you.

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      1. Thansk Rara, my boss is a nit-picking plank.Yes, it is already better. He ate a whole bag of dried fruit I did not tell him was a serious laxative..Ha.. Nit pick that.


    1. I know someone exactly like that (she’s never truly experienced discomfort or been made to earn anything she has; daddy or husband have always been there to boost her); she and I don’t really speak anymore.


  3. I had an uncle (he has since passed away) who was a professor at a famous university and an international nuclear researcher. In his retirement he actually developed and distributed the blood-splatter analysis system you see used on police shows and by real police departments.He was brilliant and greatly repected. I had never met him until one day he was in town and my Mum suggested we go out for a coffee with him. As we sat and enjoyed each others’ company and chatted amicably, the topic of starving children dying in third world countries came up. This man, this greatly admired man, this well-educated, well-spoken, thoughtful man, said: “Why should we care about them? We need to spend more of our money on scientific research and making lives better here.” I live in a first world country and yes we have our poor and disenfranchised, but it is always possible to get food and shelter. The last time I checked, one child in the world was dying of malnutrition or disease caused by malnutrition, every 30 seconds. I left. I cannot for the life of me Rara understand how anyone with all the benefits the world has to offer, born by random chance into a country that is one of the richest in the world, could possibly be so callous and unfeeling that they did not care about starving children. It blows my mind to the point that I serious wonder if perhaps it may be a definition of evil..

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    1. I think a lot of times it’s a compartmentalization. A sort of necessary break from the reality of troubles. It’s disturbing, yes. It’s good to feel, even if those feelings are sometimes pain-ridden/angst-full. Thanks for being so full of feeling, Paul!


  4. My introduction to world-pain was Lord Byron’s poem, “Manfred.” “Those who know the most must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth: the tree of knowledge is not that of life.”

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    1. Yes! That’s one of my favorites!!! I also think Donne’s For Whom The Bells Tolls is a good reminder of the interconnectedness of our suffering and joy. πŸ™‚


    1. Yes, actions speak louder than words. Picking up a piece of litter does infinitely more than shouting about it… I love the internet, but sometimes I feel like it gives people license to distance themselves from the action and pain at the same time. A sort of medicine that covers the symptoms, but doesn’t heal.

      Thanks for reading, Michelle! πŸ™‚


  5. We are all connected – and, therefore, what wounds one, wounds all at the level of the soul. One day, we might all recognise the fact that we ALL contain a spark of the Divine. I love this post of yours, Rara: it says something very profound about the world and its denizens. xxx

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    1. πŸ˜€ Thanks, Hook! I’ve read several of your pieces that captures the commonality of world-pain, so I know you dig deeper than most. Thanks for being you! πŸ™‚


  6. Reblogged this on The Controlled Kaleidoscope and commented:

    I read this and feel the same. I just had to share this with you, a beautiful and truth piece. Please let me know how you feel about this. Do you feel this way too? Why or why not?

    Thank you for your readership. I look forward to your comments.

    Lovingly Yours,

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  7. The only thing that really matters is how we treat those around us. The world is so connected that anybody on this planet could be the next person you interact with in a positive or negative way. I think us bloggers understand that because it happens to us all the time. (At least with our better work if we are lucky) πŸ™‚

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    1. Absolutely true! And you’re right also about how bloggers get a look at this in a close and personal way… we all seem to run into each other at one point or another. πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading, Wayne!


  8. Just love this quote:

    “Don’t hide from the pain. At its core is an all-healing anti-virus”

    One of my great teachers says feel more, care less. A kind of attached detachment which gets me through.

    I hold the sloppy mess in my heart, breath it in.

    I take the breath and wipe it all down with compassion balm.

    Soothing, loving, warmth takes over it all — Peace.

    Peace? Peace? in the face of all that which is . . .



    Must be so, as the anti-virus lives inside the pain. My mission gives me the moral imperative to make it so. Evolving Consciousness is all I got.

    A tiny, tiny, ordinary light.

    Keep on reflecting.

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    1. This is beautiful, Joseph. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and reflections. πŸ™‚ I think you might be a kindred spirit with my dear friend, Kozo… if you don’t already know him, you should check out his blog: EverydayGurus.com πŸ™‚ Peace to you!


  9. Totally! What a great topic. It’s overwhelming to think of all the pain in the world. I think how we, as people in the land of the free, cope with knowing about all of the suffering around the globe is to remove ourselves from it and not think about it because it hurts too much. And it feels like we can’t make a difference. But we can.

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    1. Yes, that’s just it! Small things make a difference. Doing our best for each other and the world makes a difference, too. Looking at the big picture, though, it’s easy to drown in the pain… but I think it also strengthens our resolve to be… better. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Lily, for “getting it”. πŸ˜€


  10. To answer your query, yes. I call it my “chronic existential crisis,” but essentially, yes. In many parts of society, it is assumed something is wrong with you for having those emotions.


  11. I feel like I have to shut myself off from a lot of the world. When I was little I wanted to be a social worker, but as I got older I realized it would kill me. I’m overly sensitive to everything and I feel too much. A song on the radio can make me physically ill or give me chills and watching the news often makes me cry or want to scream. Someone told me once that it comes with red hair? I dunno. But I’m not doing anything good with it. I just feel like I have to insulate myself or I’ll take on so much pain that isn’t mine, it will destroy me. And I do a fine job of destroying myself without help, lol.


    1. Steph,

      It is not an easy road to travel, being a sensitive. Yet, you were gifted this way and to hide your gift is to not be all of you. You may benefit from learning how to ground yourself and protect yourself.

      You can email me at whisperofangels@live.com for more information, I don’t want to take up a lot of room on Rawr post.


  12. Weltschmertz is an excellent German word. Ekhart Tolle said that Germans experience this more than others. They seem to have taken on the pain of famine, world wars, holocaust. My husband, at times, can be overcome by it. And at the same time this pain is what makes him feel alive and connected to this world. Welschmertz is a gift (also the German word for poison) and a curse.

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  13. Great post!

    This is a difficult/hard concept to boil down succinctly, because there is always more to be said.

    Yet, often less is more, the weak shall over take the strong, the meek shall inherit the earth and God don’t need an army…

    As one who does work to heal those who are hurting in their souls, I often must tread where most would not dare. However, this journey with those who need a companion to go back and rescue bits and pieces of their souls is very rewarding.

    We are fortunate to care. It may not seem that way yet because we do, we can influence and make change.

    Check out Messages of the Water by Masaru Emoto

    We are powerful beings!!!!!!



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