Life is suffering. But where does this suffering come form? Does it come from the restrictions that civilization places on us, as Freud would say? Society may be taking away from our individual freedoms and causing us to become conditioned in a way that we do not actually enjoy living. In the story "The Yellow Birds" we can see that main character Kevin Bartle suffers as a result of war that he feels he must fight in, as society expects him to. Many say that suffering comes from the outside world, but pain and suffering can also come from isolation and overthinking. Many people became lost inside their own heads, a feeling of loneliness in a room full of people. Illnesses of the mind can cause more suffering than physical pain, as it is impossible to run away from our own thoughts. The high expectations that we hold ourselves and others to cause us to strive for the unattainable, and lead us to suffer as we realize we will never be able to achieve perfection. Greed and desire cause us to do anything in our power to get what we want; and make us blind with ignorance. No matter how much someone has, they will always want more. People try to use substitutions to become happy, but at the end of the day there is still something missing. Our fear of death and the inevitable cause suffering that takes away from the joy of living in the moment. We are so focused on what happens after we die that we forget to enjoy what we have right in front of us. People grow attached to loved ones and suffering is caused by forgetting that death is not something anyone can escape. It leaves us with a feeling of dread and fear that can not be controlled. The old woman in Candide endures more suffering than anyone in the story, yet still finds a way to fall in love with life. Is it possible to remove these roots and be happy?