I agree with Sarah, when things come too easily people put no value in them. Make the process difficult and people will want to fight for it.
Back when I was giving birth to second son (when I gave birth to first son, it took too long and I don’t remember most of it) I went to that hyper rational, coolly detached place I go when I start getting drunk. And I realized with blinding clarity that birth pain was necessary. If we didn’t have that, what would it mean is that women might genuinely forget that they’d given birth. So evolutionarily, birth pain serves a purpose.
I remember twenty or thirty years back, some kid died during hazing to a fraternity. I didn’t fully get it and still don’t. There is no Greek system in Portugal and my husband never joined a fraternity. (What would a fraternity for mathematicians be? The infinite Pi?) But one of the guys being interviewed said that if there was no “price” for entry, nothing to go through to get in…
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