Young and old, male or female we all suffer. Suffering is sad, but a common experience we all have to experience. Suffering is a culmination of multiple factors given to us by God. Including, but not limited to free will which is the basis of all human suffering. The most important question we have to ask but can't be answered is, Why do bad things happen to good people?
I am still skeptical of whether we actually have free will or not, but of course we will not be able to prove that or many other questions raised in this course. Though if we do have the gift of free will it is automatically the foundation to why people on Earth suffer. Some might say that it is actually because we live in an imperfect world. Each day humans will wake up and go through their day like nothing bad will happen. Not one of us will realize how we are able to avoid millions of dangers each and everyday. Those few who actually experience suffer because of the imperfect world is just apart of God's plan to bring up those who deserve it and send down those who don't.
Another theory of suffering has to do with a much more happy aspect, miracles. I have accumulated this thought of the world only by participating in the class for about a month and half. It is that God has granted each one of us free will. God will also not interfere with any of our daily lives. But there is an exception to when he will change how things were originally going to pan out. God feels that he has lost or is losing the fate of someone because one of their loved ones maybe suffering. So God will interject and perform a miracle thus gaining the faith again and restoring the hope he first had when Jesus walked the Earth.
For instance in the book "Night" by Elie Wiesel, the group of Jews that are forced out of their houses are constantly asking God why they are suffering so much for what they haven't done. And this ties in with God will not interfere but will create a miracle experience, for Wiesel it was...