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It’s probably one of Nietzsche’s most memorable quotes – it aptly reflects the human condition, and it motivates, very much so. It motivates the hell out of me, at least. And I suspect – that Nietzsche quite ironically, was foreseeing his own future, becoming stronger and stronger, until he met his doom and faced death head on. He died an insane man, but a strong one. Is it not true, that we all have suffered tremendously, at one time or another? We all suffer. Actually, we should suffer. It is our suffering (be it extreme or minimal) that highlights and marks our necessities, which in turn motivates innovation and creativity, which then breeds solutions. And that, is how we have gotten everything we take for granted today: technology (light, radio, television, cars, planes, computers), religion (every major religion has come from the need for a loving God, order and moral ethics), philosophy (the need to answer the questions that religion only answers dogmatically) and human relationships (our need to love has spurned on the institution of marriage, and the concept of a family). The human race has exploited the hell out of these commodities (economically speaking) and has built over what the previous generations have built. So, none of these needs every killed anyone – did they? On the contrary, these same wants and needs produced a flurry of pro-active elements, represented by individuals, organizations, and at times, whole masses of people (countries and such), which all together, made a difference by taking a single need and properly addressing it. At the beginning of the 1900’s, the Ottoman Empire was crumbling, right after its defeat in WWI, and having to face soon its imminent partition, Mustafa “Ataturk” Kemal (The Turkish Republic’s first leader – and its creator), quickly addressed the need for Turkey to rise above their miser state and form a Turkish Republic. So this one man, along with his whole countrymen, revolutionized the Ex-Ottoman stronghold, and turned it into a mighty secular state. Had the Ottoman Empire not suffered through a bitter disintegration during the beginning of the 20th Century, the Turkish Republic might have been something totally different now. Instead of standing idly and waiting for occupying Allied forces to decide their future, the Turks took matters into their own hands, and decided to “not die” and thus, “become stronger” as Nietzsche points out in his quote. Turkish fervor and nationality was notoriously spread around since the inception of the Republic – a behavior that holds much in common with all newly-founded republics that have, just like Turkey, developed strong nationalistic feelings at the moment of their creation. It should come as no surprise that the Turkish People are one of the most outright Nationalistic peoples ever. The cruel defeat and collapse of their once-mighty Empire was reduced to a single Peninsula, leaving many people overwhelmed by the crushing of what they had once held: “Ottoman Pride”. Yet, Ataturk, the Turkish Leader,
which focuses on the foundation of the Turkish Republic. and on advancing his career. Ataturk so much. a Concentration Camp Victim and a Holocaust Survivor lived to tell the world. as I mean for it to be. is not so much for the historical sense. to bear the indescribable suffering of concentration camp prisoners. I hold enough information on these matters so as to be sure not to claim any sort of falsehood. The inner strength he so strongly craved to survive each passing day. makes all the difference in one’s life. I only hold a third parties’ opinion. it is not up to Nietzsche. I put forth this example because it manifests Nietzsche’s quote and turns it into a reality. It is the real and enduring strength that comes from pure goodwill. giving a lecture on psychology. “It would not matter”. hated. Power comes and power goes. and I think that with that. conviction in the face of the opposition (albeit criminally). and . yet were carried out with diligence.made the people stronger. or us. imagining his wife after the War would be over. courage and strength to carry out the sort of actions most people would “die from”. Stalin. thanks to what has been said and discussed with Turkish friends. was accessed through meaning – personal meaning. up to the point where they reached the pinnacle of power. So. The actions that were taken during the founding of Turkish State were deathly (in terms of the boldness of those changes). something for which he is strongly revered for today. which was more than anything. at least to me. His meaning was also defined by his personal life. and regarded as abominable human beings. this because I am not a Turk myself – but. However. Then we have Nietzsche’s other quote – his not so famous one. on his breakthrough research. It even explains why Hitler. Pol Pot. embracing her and living the rest of his days with her. I’ve managed to gather a foreigner’s point of view on all of this. and be resented. It was the sheer thought of going back to her – holding on to the possibility that he would meet up with her. by all Turks. These tyrannical demagogues in one way or another. strengthened in valor. how having a strong enough why. It explains why South America reveres Simon Bolivar. even though “what does not kill” some. why Turks love their leader. His personal meaning was imagining himself in years to come. the point of this narrative. if his wife…was alive or not. to decide whether this aphorism can apply to only the good intentioned – and not the evil minds. which lasts – not the perturbed actions of warmongers and megalomaniacs. people go out of their way to praise any individual with the valor. I have no proper say in these matters. butting heads amongst the most powerful men in the world – yet all of these men would later die. so far. For that same reason. a quote that was later revived by Viktor Frankl’s book “Man’s search for Meaning”: “He who has a strong enough why can conquer almost any how” Frankl. It explains why Winston Churchill is such and admirable historical figure. makes them “stronger”. despite having made huge mistakes in judgment during his career in Politics and the Military. This explains. he would say. Idi Amin and other dead dictators are so ardently despised.
So. and that same outer source of strength is what keeps us from “getting killed”. When an investigation into these people’s deaths was conducted. they soon perished. The mind is stronger than anything. Life was meant to be lived – and to live means to participate…to participate in life. and then died quickly after. After learning their loved ones had died. “What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger” . There were cases of people that survived the camps. But. So strong in fact. or strengthen you. to be able to see their loved ones again. survival. it was found that all these people had had meaning – and it was. is completely up to us. And this…connects everyone.be with her once more. unfortunately. because. requires for connections between our inside world and the outside to take place. the whole point here is to ascertain the fact that developing an inner strength is exactly what’s responsible for producing an outer source of strength. that it can kill you. And it was this. and this alone that made him survive the concentration camp. that yes. Is this decision solely up to us? Are there external factors involved? We can conclude. worldly weakness and strength aside. to a certain extent. and strengthening our place in life. There is absolutely no one that can go it alone. life wasn’t designed to be a solitary pursuit.
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