Reacting to Our Own Pain


In my book É Urgente Reeducar!  [It Is Urgent to Reeducate!] (2010), I wrote: Today, more than ever, with the technological progress being made in the areas of communication (smartphones, the Internet, etc.), even a sick person can comfort someone who is suffering thousands of miles away. In the current times, everybody can do something to help others. Let us not lose our good ideals, because they are decisive at any age. You are the one who decides whether you are old or young, despite the hard circumstances you find yourself in, whether they are temporary or permanent. In my long life dedicated to the spiritual and social causes of the Religion of the Third Millennium and of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), I have witnessed unparalleled examples of people who, due to their own poor state of health, might have considered themselves no longer obliged to help, even with just a kind word, other creatures who were also in need of attention. But many people have been surprisingly supported by those from whom nothing more could be expected (in human terms), since they are also suffering awful afflictions. And after receiving such unexpected help, they find themselves reacting to their own misfortune, often discovering reasons for facing up to their battles with determination—something they thought they had long since lost.


As I always and cordially recommend, anyone who wants to ease their own pain should help those who are suffering.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”