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Published:October 28th, 2007 09:58 EST
Perhaps It's Both Surprising and Inevitable:  Vestige of the Vox Populi Vol. 58

Perhaps It's Both Surprising and Inevitable: Vestige of the Vox Populi Vol. 58

By Sean Stubblefield

Perhaps it is both surprising and inevitable that the man known for such phrases as Will to power " and that which does not kill you makes you stronger "-- as well as associations with Darwinism`s survival of the fittest " and Nazism-- endured a lifetime of poor health, loneliness and aggravation.

Rather than use his weakness or frustrations as an excuse to determine what he could not do, he chose to use them as motivation for what he could do " and therein find his strength.

Nietzsche on Hardship part 1

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was burdened by a weak physiology, making him susceptible throughout is life to intermittent illness. During the last decade of his life, he became mentally unstable, slipping into insanity. Was his philosophy responsible for the insanity, or was he already tinged with insanity and that insanity responsible for his philosophy?

Nietzsche on Hardship part 2

He stated that when you stare into the abyss, the abyss also stares into you. Maybe he lost a staring contest with the abyss. Maybe what he saw in the world, in mankind, drove him into madness, just as it did into his philosophy. Or maybe a pre-existing madness manifested what he saw. All genuine visionaries are plagued with a kind of madness. Perceived and considered, as they tend to be by general consensus, as being strange or crazy. Maybe true insight-- like seeing the face of God, some say-- causes one to go insane in being so overwhelmed by the magnitude.

Nietzsche on Hardship part 3

Total run time- 24 minutes