Fandango is asking about the validity of Nietzsche’s notion, so here is this week’s provocative question:
“Does hardship really make a person stronger? If you think so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If you don’t buy that hardship makes a person stronger, what do you think does make a person stronger?”
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I have to qualify my answer.
The right type of hardship at the right time can build up the character of a person. But too much or/ and too consistent hardship can break a person completely.
If in raising our children, we expose them to the harsh realities of life , gradually, they can grow up to have a balanced view of life. They won’t have the entitlement syndrome and would value the good things in life. If they have to earn their privileges, instead of these being handed to them on a plate, they will learn to be appreciative of all that their families do for them. So in this context, giving a comparatively hard upbringing can give good results.
If these children are exposed to abuse and child molestation, they will have broken personalities. So this rule cannot hold true for everyone, in every circumstances.
As for adults, basically the same principle applies. That some hardships can make us stronger like learning to cope with a loss or financial problems can make us more resilient but physical hardships and illness can sap all the strength and leave us vulnerable.
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