Checking in: Nov 5th, 2014

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m not sure how to feel about this statement, it seems to imply the idea that the thing that is killing the individual will eventually turn into a state where the person will gather strength and reflection upon, deriving some worldly-other meaning from its pain. And that this pain will become a thread, within the fibers of the individual over time to pass and later be recalled as a period of tumultuous emotion.

However, this is challenging thing. Realising one’s pain, that what does not ‘kill us makes us stronger’: maybe, for some, it rings true, it can possess great possibility for reflection and contemplation, for others it causes great anger and despair, loss, and others are weakened by their experiences, unable to continue their lives.

Additionally, this change requires a great deal of internal thought and release mentally to allow for this discussion of action, some people simply do not have the time or energy. Or are tied by financial, monetary or social responsibilities, fit within roles that define their lives, moulding every action and decision they subconsciously partake in. But in the end it is the individual that makes his choice.

Everything is individual and what doesn’t kill us does not simply make one (subjectively) ‘stronger’.

– A. T


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