If you don't like the word "justification," feel free to replace it with whatever you think you're doing with this thread.
Justification is the right word. It just does not apply since God requires no justification for anything he does. Iows, God does not have to justify what He does or does not do to humans since God is not accountable to humans.
I started this thread to continue my discussion with @HonestJoe
but apparently he does not want to continue that discussion so I will discuss whatever people want to discuss on this thread.
Right: since positive life experiences can grow one's character, trying to justify negative experiences on the basis of character growth doesn't work.
I am not trying to justify suffering. Suffering simply exists, and I don't think that we can know why some people suffer so much more than others.
I suppose if a study was done on people who suffer much vs. those who suffer little we could see which one leads to more character growth. Perhaps such studies have been done, I don't know.
Do you think that God was powerless to prevent suffering?.
No, I don't think so, but why would God prevent suffering, given God created a world that has suffering in it, knowing that people would suffer?