Mythic images have presented themselves to me.
I imagine the Circle of NOW to represent security, Home.
The "suffering one" is the illusory self that seems to reach "outside" his/her SELF
(this NOWNESS, the CIRCLE) to obtain unobtainable "goods."
(There is no "outside" of the Circle, whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.)
Tantalus, that mythic character who was nearly drowning (on the edge of death) and almost reaching his sustenance (the fruit just out of reach) is eternally unsatisfied.
His plight is ours, if we "live" outside of NOW.