By Terence T. Gorski
What Makes Us Stronger? Why is that question important?
The German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche believed this simple principle:
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”
The principle is correct on many levels. It eloquently states Nietzsche’s “superman hypothesis” which proposed that it is best for people to be determined, strong and merciless so that human empathy and compassion did not interfere with people living their lives or supporting their collective causes.
This philosophy of Nietzsche was embraced by Hitler and integrated at the core of the education and training to be a NAZIS.
I believe that ideas have powerful personal and collective consequences. Either for good or evil. The more eloquently and memorably an idea is crafted the more effective it is. Ideologies that are brief, easy to remember and repeat to others are most effective. These brief compelling descriptions of ideologies take on a life of their own as they spread from mind to mind.
I try to be careful about the ideologies I embrace and promote because I realize a well-crafted idea is more powerful than a loaded gun.
Like a virus, once an idea or ideology is released to other minds it spreads and is very difficult to stop.