• this is a limitless question....your definition of "easy" and "hardship" may differ from everones out there...What you would call hardship may have been easy for me...Just food for thought...;)
  • I don't think anyone has an 'easy life' there just isn't anything easy about it.
  • yeah seems like everything always boils down to definitions.. i do think that (from what I have experienced) some people who do live in priviledged circumstances do seek out other experiences that may include "the harder life"... yet of course their experience is completely different than someone who doesn't have a choice. I do have a lot of respect for people who do try and live their lives in solidarity with others.
  • I guess people would be too comfortable in an easy life to even question a hard life, although there is personal glory of having lived a hard life. The thought might come up if your life is overly easy and simplified, making it boring and exteremely slow.
  • Hardship tends to be equated with "wisdom", knowledge, resourcefulness, cunning. If you're at all familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy (Pyramid) of Needs you'll know that hardship tends to keep a person at a lower level of needs (i.e. Physiological or Safety) for a longer period of time and can thus goes against the grain of conventional thought regarding the wise. If hardship actually CAUSES growth, that's a whole 'nother question. If someone is able to overcome the hardship they are faced with and triumphs, surely this is going to reflect positively on their character and their richness of life. An easy life, on the other hand can lead to a person being pampered, narrow-minded, selfish, and weak (in character). Alternatively, it can open avenues for someone to explore with the resources they have. Either way, both lives can lead to the same end result. I'm sure people in either situation sometimes dream of the other side of the fence.
  • If they do, then they clearly haven't ever experienced much real hardship. Hardship and strife in one's life does force you to grow as a person in order to overcome it, but we all have to stumble upon our own troubles and our own demons to battle, it can't be something that we want and search for, or that would defeat the purpose. One of the main elements of what makes challenges in life such good oppurtunities for personal growth is that you are, almost by definition, stuck in them againts your will, if you go out and find hardship simply for the sake of personal growth, then you have no truly personal reason not to duck out if it gets too trying, and that's the point of personaly growth trough troubles, it has to get beyond anything you thought you could handle, and out of necessity you grow in your capability, that can't happen properly unless it's semi-forced. Hardship isn't, and can't be, something that you go through willingly, if you do it willingly then it's not really hardship, just you putting yourself through shit.
  • You know, when I was a kid I had this big obsession with the fact that I was the most "medium" person ever. I was white, middle class, English, lived in the Midlands, my parents weren't rich but weren't poor either, I was reasonably good at school but obviously not a genius, Iwasn't sensationally attractive but I wasn't particularly ugly either, I was OK at most things but didn't excel at anything ... and although nothing especially brilliant had happened in my life (Inever won prizes or went on exciting holidays or anything) nothing really bad happened either, I never got ill, no-one I knew died, I never got seriously let down by my family, we never got burgled... and sometimes then (I was about 11 at the time) I did occasionally wish that just SOMETHING would happen to me to make my life more interesting - and I was quite prepared for it to be bad. I don't feel like that much anymore, but definetly, it was there.
  • I had enough financial hardship when I was younger and honestly cannot see it as anything else than a drain and adding an unneccesary burden to my life. Instead of being able to devote myself full time to my learning and living I had to work at unfulfilling and demeaning jobs just for money. There was nothing uplifting about it. Also I was drafted and had to perform years of involuntary servitude because not having money except by work I could not avoid the draft by legal means. All this time could have been spent accomplishing something or continuing my education. That being said I don't believe anyone cannot experience joy without first experiencing struggle. But there is enough struggle in setting goals in life and always striving for them. Knowing that you have accomplished good things for others and yourself is very fulfilling. And character comes from within. Lifes struggles just bring them out. I always have goals that I am working towards. But thankfully now I am not having to waste most of my time in working just for money I work at things that take me toward accomplishing the goals I have set. I do realize that I have to keep growing. Like any other organism when a man quits growing he starts dying. But there is always something else I need to learn.
  • This sums it up:
    • Linda Joy
      I had to try four times to capture that link off the side of the page on my little 3" phone only to see that (ironically enough) it just says "poverty sucks" (slumping dejectedly in my seat feeling thoroughly exemplified!) Lol.
  • No, I don't think they can even comprehend it in the least. Just as I can't sympathize with the perceived challenges of the rich and famous! I just can't see 'there' from 'here'
  • i doubt it

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