It seems that all of our suffering comes from the identification with our body (or rather belief in the thought that thinks 'I' am the body).. and creates the subsequent struggle to survive.
We need food, water and money to survive. So we spend our whole lives trying to provide these things for ourselves and our offspring. Unfortunately, almost half of the world lives in poverty and due to their identification with the body suffers because they can't even provide these basic needs for themselves.
Is enlightenment merely a shift in perception? A natural shift from identification with body.. (and all the sensations, emotions, thoughts) that come along with it to a simple awareness that views the body as a fun tool to experience itself (life) with.
From this viewpoint, it seems one can objectively observe seemingly 'horrible' events such as starvation, thirst, poverty.
Have we just incorrectly identified ourselves with this skin bag and all that comes with it?
Who are we really?
What is this 'I'?
Thanks for your time.