The philosopher that spoke to me the most was Nietzsche. I agreed with him on multiple points such as alcohol and religion being crutches that give us a false sense of confidence and hope. I also agreed with Nietzsche in that in order for one to be successful, they have to endure some sort of hardship or failure. Coming up with the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is the main reason I connected with Nietzsche seeing as how that is a saying I like to live by on occasion.
Drugs and alcohol are a large part in society that I personally see no need for. They make people become things that are not themselves. People think they are stronger, funnier, or just all around better than they really are. This causes a problem when they inevitably come down back to reality and realize just how average they really are. Nietzsche believed that alcohol and such other drugs created a crutch for people that didn’t want to face their problems and I wholeheartedly agree with that premise. In tandem with alcohol, Nietzsche believed religion to be a crutch that gave people false hope. As a nonreligious person, I agree with Nietzsche. He viewed people that accepted religion as foolish.
If a person is facing a rough patch in life, one might tell them not to give up, or that everything will get better. While it may make people feel better, you never really know if it will get better. By saying such phrases, you are hindering them in the long term by giving them a false sense of hope. Nietzsche believes that in times of struggle, you face the problem head on. Take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and power through because, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. This is a phrase that I believe people should live by. Far too many people who are down on their luck just give up. They blame other people but don’t do anything to better themselves. I agree with Nietzsche in that when you go through a hard time, you always come out better.