Nietzsche: The Secret to Living Fully

A meaningful life is an artistic balance of pleasure and displeasure

Thomas Oppong
Personal Growth
Published in
5 min readNov 21, 2022

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Artwork: Friedrich Nietzsche (1906) by Edvard Munch

Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his provocative and challenging ideas. His dense, multi-layered writings can seem impenetrable at first.

But once you get past the strange sentence structure and complex metaphors, Nietzsche’s work reveals insightful observations about the human condition.

Many of his observations are completely counter-intuitive, making them all the more striking and memorable. He often seems like an angry misanthrope who despises humanity almost as much as he loves it.

Nietzsche, a philosopher, poet, composer, and writer, didn’t just offer a new way of thinking about the world but urged his readers to embrace the whole experience of human existence without fear of risk, suffering, despair and meaninglessness.

“The discipline of suffering, of great suffering — do you not know that only this discipline has created all enhancements of man so far?” he said.

Often misunderstood as an apostle of nihilism and despair, his philosophy challenged the complacent optimism of 19th-century Europe and proposed instead that we should embrace our tragic destiny with courage and audacity.

Avoidance is the enemy

Nietzsche thought the secret to harvesting the most significant meaning from life is to embrace the full risks in life.

“The secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously!” he said.

Nietzsche suggests that the power to live dangerously is a sign of strength. It guarantees growth, resilience and grit. Dangerous living means stepping outside your comfort zone to embrace the uncomfortable.

People who live fully take risks, love unapologetically, and live fearlessly. They are free spirits who refuse to follow the crowd or the norms of society. They walk with their heads held high and eyes wide open.

They understand that life is short and that we should embrace every moment, exploring every experience and opportunity, no matter how frightening they may seem.

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Thomas Oppong
Personal Growth

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