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Reconstructed: It is shown that a person who has suffered and recovered from hardships is much better prepared to face the real world than someone who avoided any form of adversity, and that while insurmountable hardships can very likely cause a person to break down and destroy his/her character; courage, personal attitude and support from friendsand family can make adversity much more manageable, and actually make people grow.
Played For Laughs: There is a literal grindstone that can be used to build one's character into a perfect personality. No one uses it because it is so tedious.