Ernest Hemingway said: "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places." In many, if not most, cases, this is patently untrue.
A scar never retains the tensile strength of the original skin.
An athlete who has suffered grave injury, such as Derek Redmond snapping his hamstring then limping with his father, loses his career and livelihood.
Eliot Spitzer will never return to politics due to his personal failings, even though he may have been a great at what he did.
Can someone genuinely argue that the high misfortunes that befall us - specifically mortal physical or psychological injury - are actually good for us? Does everything happen for a reason, as the cliche goes?