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Christians are taught that what happens to us in this temporal realm isn't important. Most of us don't believe it. Everyone is obsessed with worldly possessions. "I could have had a bigger pension, they moan? I could have had $xx,xxx.xx more? What a calamity!” What about the billions of people who have no pension, or don't even have enough to eat? Or who have had one of our bombs dropped on their house? Or on them? Or who sleep on a sewer grate in one of our frigid cities in winter? Christians are taught that suffering is part of the gig. Suffering is a corollary of the lesson. Buddhists learn the same lesson: SUFFERING? IT WON'T HURT YOU, say Zen Masters. That is empowering. Jews and Muslims hear it too. This is the common lesson of religion. BUT WOE UNTO THEM WHO CAUSE OPPRESSION AND SUFFERING. Those who help the poor, live clean lives and struggle against wickedness will be rewarded. Believe it, or not.