The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and it can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone can open the mind of a man to all that is hidden to others.
The “pithy maxim” of the primitive Eskimo Igjugarjuk, as told to Dr. Knud Rasmussen, quoted in The Masks of God, Volume 1: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell
I don’t know if I agree wholeheartedly with this or not, but it seems appropriate as we enter Lent and reflect on the Passion.