The Source of Pain

Pain is one of those things that we associate with negativity. If you turn on a movie that has your classic bad guy versus good guy plot, just watch closely how the “evil” person inflicts their evilness on others: it’s usually through some sort of pain.

Whether that pain culminates in death, shows itself in heartbreak or loss, or is literal torture, pain is something that people don’t typically tend to inflict on others on purpose. When it is done on purpose, it’s a powerful thing, which is why evil forces in classic movies have grown to be powerful: because they have no problem inflicting it.

But when you strip pain down to its core, especially physical pain, it’s really just your body registering to your brain that something isn’t right. When you feel a kitchen knife accidentally cut your finger, your nervous system tells your brain that something wrong has happened, and so you feel a cut and then the sting of the cut directly after. It’s never a pleasant feeling, and that’s because your brain is wired to avoid those sorts of things. If pain felt good, we’d all be harming ourselves and the death rate would skyrocket because of the pleasure we got from inflicting pain.

No, pain works opposite of this.

And when I think about the topic, I have a hard time coming up with the last time I was in serious pain. Sometimes my back hurts when I wake up because I slept on it wrong. Sometimes I get a toothache because I’ve neglected my full dental hygiene routine. Heck, sometimes I step wrong and tweak my ankle because I wasn’t paying attention to a dip in the concrete. All of these things serve to scare you enough and inflict misery on you to find a solution to what happened. To right the wrong.

It’s no surprise that pain can keep you out of your everyday routine, too. You don’t want to go to work if you’re in severe pain or are even to the point of not being able to do your job as you normally would. It becomes a chore and is something you can’t or won’t handle once you’re there working. Because the pain is too much. So, it keeps you out of work at times.

And that’s not a good thing when you need a consistent income.

Luckily, things like disability insurance exist to protect you against any potential loss of income. The only thing disability insurance can’t do for you is reduce your pain, as that’s more on the shoulders of modern medicine than anything. Still, when pain has you down or is physically holding you back from being able to perform your job, having the right insurance policy can be a game changer to keep the monthly income coming to you.