“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.” Asechylus
SEL Connection: Students suffer. It’s a fact. They don’t get into the college they want; they are chastised and bullied by other students; they are made to feel small by the way they are talked to by adults. Growing up is a minefield for suffering. At each juncture, though, there are opportunities to learn and grow.
(1) Claim: Asechylus acknowledges that life is suffering but sees great good that can come of it. Wisdom is the byproduct of suffering. It is through hard times that we gain understanding of ourselves and others. Consider the student who works hard on a group project only to become frustrated because other students didn’t pull their weight. The student gains great wisdom about other people and how important it is to set clear expectations. Should the student lose trust in others or give them a second chance? Those decisions have to be made after thoughtful reflection. No matter what the student decides, he/she is wiser for having to face the adversity head on.
(2) Counterclaim: But anger and bitterness come through suffering too, especially when you feel wronged by somebody else. These emotions make you much less susceptible to thinking and more susceptible to feelings of revenge. Not only that but wisdom comes from joy too. Achieving that promotion, graduating with honors, making that great friend– these are all life experiences that give you great wisdom about yourself and your potential.
(3) Essential Question: Should suffering lead to wisdom or despair?