“Life without pain is meaningless. Pain is the source of all value in the world. It is test of one’s true worth”. Friedrich Nietzsche
There are moments in our lives where we feel pain sometimes intense pain, and the thing with this pain thing is, well they are a pain to deal with!! Pain tends to come every now and then in our lives in different ways ,but when it does come, it storm in like a hurricane and has this slow yet compelling sluggish existence. For me the best way to describe that internal feeling is in one word and that is OouchArghhhhUrghhhhhOuch! (well a few words rolled in to one!) This Ouch-Argh-Urgh-Ouch feeling just takes over…… for that moment at least!
Although, I know I haven’t lived long enough to speak solely from experience, but I have lived enough (and read enough!) to have an understanding of the fact that pain is inevitable, though it is something pushed aside and seen like something that we shouldn’t experience; however being human, by default its something we all naturally feel, and feel it in different ways and deal with it differently.
Having said that, I’ve found that the greatest and most profound lessons I’ve learnt (and learning) have been through experiences where its been tough, its been really really tough! Maybe I feel it more so because I am quite sensitive, especially with my internals feeling so much tugging, toing , frowing and struggling in such situations………… but I always get through it…….eventually! And I always get through it feeling much better and stronger upon the aftermath. Like they say “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”………. I’ve always wondered where that saying originated, so it was a pleasant and comforting discovery when I came across Friedrich Nietzche who is believed to come up with this very simple yet implicit statement ; in his original words “that which does not kill us makes us stronger”.
His ideas and philosophies; in particular in his book the Gay Science, he explains why he believes that pain is necessary in order to live a more fulfilled life;“life without pain is meaningless. Pain is the source of all value in the world. It is test of one’s true worth.”
Many great philosophers and thinkers such as Socrates idea of pain is quite the opposite opinion; as from my knowledge they interpret pain as more of a negative thus should be avoided at all cost as its an unnecessary evil etc . Which inevitably leaves one feeling bad, for feeling bad and then their bad because of that thought and feeling! In complete contrast Nietzsche states :
“Only great pain, the long, slow pain that takes its time… compels us to descend to our ultimate depths… I doubt that such pain makes us “better”; but I know it makes us more profound… In the end, lest what is most important remain unsaid: from such abysses, from such severe sickness, one returns newborn, having shed one’s skin… with merrier senses, with a second dangerous innocence in joy, more childlike and yet a hundred times subtler than one has ever been before.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Therefore, we would be too weak to survive if there wasn’t any struggle or obstacles to overcome; the struggle is life’s way of strengthening us and if we don’t take reasonable risks and try to avoid pain like the plague then we wont be able to feel the real fulfilling feeling of happiness and joy etc, instead will only experience a mediocre version of that and everything else in life!
So in essence that Ouch-Argh-Urgh-Ouch feeling turns into Ouch-Argh-Urgh- Ouch-Ahhhhhhhhhh!: )
I don’t know about you, but I prefer the real deal in life even if it hurts! (pun intended!). Let me know your thoughts.
-Sophia Alisa Ali©
P.S: I will have my poetry blog post up on Sunday! 🙂