Aug 05, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday who basically said that since my life has been free of any real hardship or trouble that I was incapable of being totally empathetic with people who were suffering and that it took some strife in one's life to develop real character. I'm aware that my circumstances are more fortunate than a lot of other people's but I don't think that means I'm not able to be empathetic or lack character. What do you think? Do you have to have been through some hellish circumstance to become a well-rounded person in terms of character and feelings?