Website Overview

This site has two pillars, understanding world suffering and enabling compassion and other actions to alleviate suffering. Think of compassion as the desire to alleviate specific suffering. Exposure to a situation of suffering shapes how a compassionate person comes to help reduce the suffering of others or one’s self. This site will attempt to lay out the scope and nature of suffering so that we direct our empathy and compassion more effectively. Look at it as an aid to identifying the suffering most deserving of alleviation or even elimination.

Books. Several books serve as resource material for the authors and readers of this site. Written by Ron Anderson, the book  Human Suffering & the Quality of Life, was published by Springer in 2014;  World Suffering & the Quality of Life, was published by Springer in 2015. Like a handbook, it contains articles by 45 authors from all over the globe. Both books discuss how compassion and caring relate to suffering. A third book, Alleviating World Suffering, was published in 2017 by Springer. It has the same structure as the previous one but focuses upon relief and alleviation of human suffering.

Category Tabs. The tabs on the home page can be used to more quickly find the articles on each of these topical areas: Suffering, Compassion, and Wellbeing. A Fourth tab labeled “Resources” contains links to longer reports and articles on one or more of these topics.

The site encourages active dialogues using the comments feature. To leave a comment about an article, you only have to give a name, enter an email address, and write a brief comment.

Facebook and Twitter. World Suffering forwards  notices of any new articles to the World Suffering pages Facebook and Twitter. They can be found under the name ‘world suffering.’ Please check out the site pages there.

Editorial policies. Any who wish to add their articles to this site are welcome to submit them for consideration. The guidelines for both articles and comments can be condensed into these three policies

  1. We expect tolerance of all social groups except those that promote intolerance and hate, but for them we expect courtesy.
  2. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
  3. We do not advocate particular religions or political parties.

Deep caring and humanitarian action, not political activism, are our primary objectives. Social policies derived from genuine compassion are especially encouraged. Making the world, and ourselves, kinder and more empathetic takes knowledge, practice, attentiveness and will. Our role is to encourage and support people with this mission.

Contact Us

Questions and suggestions are most welcome. Contact the site administrator, Ron Anderson, by sending an email to


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