I was watching NCIS, and they were talking about going on a stake out, and taking Agent McGee with them, and they said,
"It will help him to build character"
And i was thinking, what does that really mean?
Is it about getting him out of his shell?
Or pushing him to a limit so that he has to face his own hang-ups?
Or to become more hardy?
Some cultures do have character building exercises, is it the American indians who send their youth out into the wild for a given amount of time, to learn to fend for themselves, to live with the land and have some spiritual growth.
I find that i often think about identity and a sense of character. These questions of "who am i?", and not allowing the abuse that i suffered to be my identity, but to just be a part of who i am. I have grown and developed in many ways, and lots of that is to do with my experiences.
Anyway, i guess "building character" is about learning curves, would that be accurate?