Are We Buying Wisdom through Struggle?

I recently took an intense group exercise class that pushed me to the limit, then beyond the limit, then to the point of psychoanalyzing why we do what we do.

I immediately thought about my grandmother. She's an amazingly vibrant and healthy 99 year old who lived through some of the greatest struggles generations after her will never understand--the Great Depression, both World Wars, segregation and civil rights. While all of those events