Accepting voluntary suffering
Synonyms: Suffering voluntarily
Description: Accepting physical and spiritual pain when appropriately motivated and in right circumstances, benefits not only the individual but also the larger society.
Context: Voluntary suffering is not only a part of the religious life but happens among families and friends, or anyone who is willing to set aside his own comfort for the benefit of others.
Claim: Voluntary suffering has a place in authentic asceticism, is required in the pursuit of perfection and is basic to a truly humane morality.
Counter Claim: Voluntary suffering is a form of masochism. In addition, it is used as an argument by movements to make people docilely accept discipline and obedience.
Type Classification: F: Exceptional strategies