Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens

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Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens: Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker. — “From the military school of life: that which does not kill me, makes me stronger.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Götzen-Dämmerung

Yes, yes, knock yourselves without witty rejoinders about metal fatigue and polio, but Nietzsche’s aphorism articulates the fundamentally anti-fragile nature of the human being — and where it doesn’t apply neatly to individuals, it tends to apply to the species.[1]

And consider the converse, neurotic coronavirus obsessives:

“Avoiding things that might hurt, but won’t kill me, makes me weaker.”

See also


  1. Per Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the gene pool is fragile, even where organisms are not.