“Whether or not suffering does tend to improve us, we can ask whether it can improve us. And that depends on how we react to it. We can take suffering to be an opportunity to learn and to grow. But if we are honest, we should remember that this is making the best of a bad job, and that minimising suffering takes priority over optimising its outcome”.
Julian Baggini, An unequivocal ‘no’ , an article in the Guardian Comment is Free, as a response to a question for discussions “Does suffering improve us”
PS. I have been “away” for a while, as I am busy in parish ministry at the moment. I will try harder!