Well, that is a question. There’s so much debate about this in the BP community, and I like hearing what others have to say about it.
Someone like my friend Paul calls it a gift. Paul is what we call a a creative person and in his case that means that he can write and direct and edit a movie himself. Does BP make him more creative? Did he see things in his mania that he then took as raw material to make a movie. Well, literally yes.
And yet I find it hard to agree with this view of BP.
Is it a gift for a child to not have enough food and possibly die? A gift to whom? The child? The mother? They certainly don’t think so at the time. Is it a gift in that it deepens the character of the child and those around him? It probably does deepen character, to undergo struggle and to understand life differently, but I still have a hard time thinking of this as a gift.
I tend to think of it instead as simply something that is rather than a gift or a burden. I explain this more in the mission statement. I’m curious to see if others agree, though; feel free to address this in the comments section.