Or does it, as one columnist/blogger opines, “only… builds is the ability to suffer–a useful ability in a world where suffering is the routine nature of life but not a virtue that makes the world a better place”?
Perhaps it depends on the kind of experience being talked about? In this particular column, the writer was discussing medications, their possible overprescription, and the idea that some conditions just don’t need to be treated, as a transient fact of life - e.g. the belief that sometimes, depression is “just being sad,” or that restless leg syndrome is a phony baloney “disease” made up by greedy pharmaceutical companies.
But I did want to extend it beyond that particular issue. Any thoughts?