Life is full of ups and downs, some of which are extreme.
This year I have been thrust between joy and despair, indifference and hatred. I have had hopes dashed and been lifted by a friendly word.
It has been a year of extremes which I hope I never face again.
The received wisdom is 'that which does not destroy us, makes us stronger'. It's message seems to be that hard times are fine. If we die, then we're not good enough for humanity, if we live, then humanity has been strengthened.
If we are little more than higher animals, then that view is acceptable. If we are, or want to be, more than animals, then we need to leave 'survival of the fittest' behind and help each other to succeed.
Who knows what talents have died at the feet of Darwin?