A Perfect World
I would suggest that this book, and the two books immediately preceding it, are an examination of the difference between what people believe they want the world to be and what they actually want and need it to be. When people gain enough power to create their vision of the perfect world, they do – and then find they’ve constructed an elaborate prison at best and a slow and terrible death at worst.
An actual “perfect world” can’t be safe, controlled, or certain — and the inevitable consequence of that is pain. But so is delight.
I’d say the primary bad thing about pain is not that it hurts, but that it’s pushy and won’t tune out. You could learn to sleep in a ship’s engine room, but a mere stubbed toe grabs and holds your attention.
That, I think we could delete with impunity.
If we could learn to simply get along with any level of pain… how would it constitute an obstacle?
Real accomplishment requires real obstacles to avoid, remove, or transcend. Real obstacles require real consequences. And real consequences require pain.