Choose to be stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche puzzled us. Because his famous quote, “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger,” is not always true.
How about your job? If your employer or boss is not evil enough, it can make you stronger. But if you are forced to work 16 hours every day without any support, it may not kill you instantaneously, but can kill you eventually. It’s not rare here in Japan, and we call it ‘karoshi (過労死),’ meaning ‘death from overwork.’
How about alcohol and cigarettes? If you drink or smoke only occasionally, it may not kill you immediately; but if you get addicted to them, they will hurt your body and mind, and can kill you in the long run.
So we have three options:
- What doesn’t kill us now kills us later;
- What doesn’t kill us harms us; or
- What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Which one would you choose?