"A quiet and simple life brings more joy than a life of successful pursuit and non-stop turmoil." Albert Einstein
His words are very meaningful, we can escape suffering if living a peaceful life, not competition, not longing, quiet before the impact of the world.
But it does not suit most people, because we have a lot of things to do (work, family, society ...) to make life quiet. We can not give up everything and find a peaceful place to do it, the earth is not wide enough for all of us and it is also not suitable for development.
The way to end suffering in life is to understand the cause of it. Craving and ignorance are the two main causes of suffering.
What is crawing?
Craving can be explained as the strong desire of the human being to seek things to satisfy the physical senses or to experience life. Buddhists believe that anything that stimulates the senses or spirit of man can lead to craving.
We crave many things to meet our needs, but most of us do not know that even good things, beautiful clothes or money are impermanent, that happy experiences are only temporary. Soon they will end and no longer to enjoy, they will be forgotten as if they never appeared.
What is ignorance?
Ignorance is not a lack of knowledge, it is inability to see the truth about everything, seeing things as they really are. Being able to see the truth is not a matter of vision or education. Buddhists believe that there are many truths about the world that humans have not explored because of limited understanding at the present time.
Buddhism teaches that, when people do not recognize the true nature of the world, they will suffer the consequences of misconceptions and illusions. But when people develop wisdom and gain wisdom through study, careful thinking and meditation, they will find truth. They will see things as they really are, they will understand the Buddha's teachings on the suffering and impermanence of life, from which the Four Noble Truths will be clearer to them.
These two causes can be solved by developing wisdom through the practice of Buddhist teachings. Addressing the main causes of suffering will lead us to true and lasting happiness.
Buddhism does not require us to give up our needs or find a secluded place to avoid all the effects of society. Buddhism teaches us the path of practice to perfect ourselves, help us to perfect ourselves with the adversities of this life.
Of course, we have the right to desire many things for ourselves, family and society, but we have to determine if those expectations are necessary and feasible. If so, we will begin to work to achieve it through positive thoughts and actions (in accordance with the Law of Cause and Effect). If we have tried and failed to achieve those expectations, we have to look at the process of doing it, finding the cause that has not yet been realized.
Even if that desire is accomplished, we must always remember that it is not eternal and is at risk of perishing. From there, we will not start hurting or angry with its changes. Since we know that everything is impermanent, tomorrow is a new day and we will have the opportunity to start again. We will know what to do to make that wish, a start with experience.