|Seneca's Transformation of Pain Into Information
||Pain is information for us to help us learn where we can grow. In his essay "On Providence", Seneca writes, "You have asked me, Lucilus, why, if a Providence rules the world, it still happens that many evils befall good men. .... Wrestlers, who make strength of body their chief concern, we see pitting themselves against none but the strongest, and they require of those who are preparing them for the arena that they use against them all their strength; they submit to blows and hurts, and if they do not find their match in single opponents, they engage with several at a time. Without an adversary, prowess shrivels. We see how great and how efficient it really is, only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of. Be assured that good men ought to act likewise; they should not shrink from hardships and difficulties, nor complain against fate; they should take in good part whatever happens, and should turn it to good. Not what you endure, but how you endure, is important. ... This much I now say,---that those things which you call hardships, which you call adversities and accursed, are, in the first place, for the good of the persons themselves to whom they come; in the second place, that they are for the good of the whole human race ... For if a man is to know himself, he must be tested; no one finds out what he can do except by trying. True worth is eager for danger and thinks rather of its goal than of what it may have to suffer... You learn to know a pilot in a storm, a soldier in the battle-line."