There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
- Carl Jung (1875-1961)
Pokey Things Hurt and other Such Principles of Pleasure and Pain - A planksip® Feedback Mechanism for Consciousness
Suffering is a long term cultural consequence and a precondition for the nasty and brutish existence from which humanity has evolved. Pain is not the only truthful counterpoint to consciousness, it functions as a litmus of compassion towards life itself.