Almost all of us suffer in our lives, and we suffer from the suffering of those we love as well. I believe that it is good to be alive, and I believe that compassionate and loving acts and moments of wonder and joy outnumber cruel acts and senseless tragedy in the world. But that still leaves quite a lot of suffering and pain that people experience. And the more we can talk about these things with compassion and curiosity and knowledge and humor, the more help and healing we give each other and ourselves. . . . So I offer this platform today as a conversation-starter.