Question: How does understanding your own suffering help you to understand the suffering of others?
Answer: The most important principle, law of perception, understanding is the “law of similarity”.
In other words we can’t sense, attain anything unless we ourselves have a previous experience, template of what we sense, attain.
This is what it means understanding others when we stand in their shoes, our when we can look at things through their viewpoints, because “we have already been there” ourselves.
In truth we can never understand each other, we can never feel each other, but when we go through similar experiences, then we have something to share, relate to.
Our Human connection unfolds in a mutual, neutral zone within the similar experiences, emotional impressions, common goals we achieve.