You could say, in most cases, that there is a valuable lesson to be learned in hardship. And the fact that these trials are manifested into our lives, is in fact, a gift. However, it comes to my attention that there is no conceivable way that some hardships could be a gift.
1. Stroke leads to paralysis severely restricting the experience of life
2. Accident leads to death with no benefit to the victim
3. Child dies at birth... need I say more?
The list goes on...
WHY, does the same Tao which gives life, enlightenment, wisdom, profound insight into events, creates and manages the world in harmony, ALSO, manifest ugliness, premature death, deformities, mental illnesses?
In all honesty, the question remains, what the hell does this all mean?
I have read Tao Te Ching, and a good book on it, and recognize that it's application leads to many wonderful things, but I still cannot understand these horrible things that I witness, in spiritual terms.
I seek to understand these things, in the light of a spiritual perspective, but with sadness, I am forced into thinking that all events are random, and that "Tao" is merely a wise concept for managing life.
Something tells me there is more to life, and Tao, than I currently understand. But I am in serious need of guidance.
Any help at all would be appreciated.