Ever thought why we suffer? Is our suffering has a cause? And if so, is it possible to find the cause and remove it so that we can be freed from our sufferings?
What are the events that cause suffering? Are they simply random occurrences over which we do not have any control or influence and if it is so, then we humans are powerless and are bound to suffer with these random occurrences.
Or, is our suffering dictated by an omnipotent being flying above the clouds or acting form the heaven? If it is so, then we ought to find out how to propitiate this being so that he/she will no longer inflict suffering on us.
So which of the above options you find more suitable? Well, over a period of time we learn to agree with the second option where our sufferings are dictated by an omnipotent being acting in an arbitrary and inscrutable manner. And for our help, our society, religion and culture teaches us some ways to propitiate with this being so that he/she won’t inflict suffering on us.