Essays On Suffering Builds Character Verses

Does Suffering Build Character?

July 30, 2007 · Filed under: Buddhism, Health, Individualism, Intellectual, Mindfulness

This somewhat-throwaway comment, from a post by Virginia Postrel, caught my eye:

Contrary to what you may have heard, the only sort of character suffering 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.

I say “somewhat-throwaway” because I don’t think her overall argument stands or falls on this point.

But on this point itself… Do you agree with her? Or do you see ways in which suffering builds character?

Do you feel that suffering has built your own character? Do you know friends or loved ones whose character has been improved somehow through the process of suffering?

Now this is an interesting topic, folks. For anyone with even a slightly spiritual bone in your being, this is a topic rich with significance.

So I guess that kind of gives away my answer. But only partly.

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New International Version
perseverance, character; and character, hope.

New Living Translation
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

English Standard Version
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

Berean Study Bible
perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Berean Literal Bible
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

New American Standard Bible
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

King James Bible
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Christian Standard Bible
endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

Contemporary English Version
And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope

Good News Translation
endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

International Standard Version
endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

NET Bible
and endurance, character, and character, hope.

New Heart English Bible
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And patience, experience and experience, hope,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
endurance creates character, and character creates confidence.

New American Standard 1977
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and patience, experience; and experience, hope;

King James 2000 Bible
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

American King James Version
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

American Standard Version
and stedfastness, approvedness; and approvedness, hope:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And patience trial; and trial hope;

Darby Bible Translation
and endurance, experience; and experience, hope;

English Revised Version
and patience, probation; and probation, hope:

Webster's Bible Translation
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Weymouth New Testament
fortitude, ripeness of character; and ripeness of character, hope;

World English Bible
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope:

Young's Literal Translation
and the endurance, experience; and the experience, hope;

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