From the plots of Hollywood movies to the roots of Christianity, many see value in adversity and suffering.  Be it in character building boot camps or overcoming the trials of a difficult childhood or  adult life.  Yet the great majority of us do our very best to avoid suffering in our own lives.

Should we conclude that the value of adversity and suffering is an illusion? A hangover from Christianity that modernity needs to excise? Or is it a vital and critical element in building personality and enabling a meaningful, fulfilling and significant life?  

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