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  • If you wanna learn the truth or, to put it in a better way, live a life free of delusion,

  • you have to be willing to challenge your own beliefs.

  • As Nietzsche said, “one must never have spared oneself, /harshness/ must be among

  • one's habits, if one is to be happy and cheerful among nothing but hard truths.”

  • Don't spare yourself.

  • Be critical of your own beliefs.

  • And what does it mean to spare yourself?

  • To not test a belief.

  • Or even worse: to protect a belief.

  • There's a latin phrase I really like, a phrase that I think carries great wisdom:

  • veritas numquam perit.

  • Or in English: truth never perishes.

  • If you really challenge yourself, if you destroy all of the parts of you that can be destroyed,

  • all that you'll be left with is the truest parts.

  • To be harsh towards yourself in this way is a great virtue.

  • And what does it mean to be harsh towards yourself?

  • To go a step further than not protecting your beliefs: to outright attack your beliefs.

  • To destroy them, and disprove them, if you can.

  • To only believe what you can't help but believe, because you haven't been able to

  • disprove it yet.

  • It means becoming an enemy to yourself, but in the best possible sense.

  • You become an enemy towards what's false in you, and as a result, you become the friend

  • of what's true.

  • To be able to be, and to have, enemies was very important to Nietzsche.

  • He said, “to be able to be an enemy, to be an enemythat perhaps presupposes a

  • strong nature, it is in any event a condition of every strong nature.

  • It needs resistances, consequently it seeks resistancesevery growth reveals itself

  • in the seeking out of a powerful opponent - or problem: for a philosopher who is warlike

  • also challenges problems to a duel.”

  • To become true, to become strong, you need resistance.

  • You need an enemy.

  • An enemy that is capable and willing to challenge what is potentially false in you, even if

  • that enemy is yourself.

  • But this destruction is grounded in love.

  • As Nietzsche wrote, “equality in face of the enemy - first presupposition of an honest

  • duel.

  • Where one despises one cannot wage warto attack is with me a proof of good will…”

  • You must be capable of being an enemy to the people you love most, if they're strong

  • enough to bear it.

  • And if you're not capable of having enemies yourself, people who can criticize, test,

  • and doubt you, people who can potentially destroy what's false in you, then you'll

  • become weak.

  • So remember: veritas numquam perit.

  • Truth never perishes.

  • If you challenge yourself, become an enemy to yourself, and allow yourself to have enemies,

  • people who can test you, criticize you, and doubt youbut always in the spirit of loveyou

  • can eliminate what's false in you.

  • And as you eliminate more of what's false in you, you'll be left with more of what's

  • true.

  • And if truth never perishes, the more truth you contain, the more imperishable you yourself

  • become.

  • That concludes my exploration of Nietzsche's teaching.

  • As always, this is just my opinion and understanding of Nietzsche, not advice.

  • If you're looking for another video to watch after this one, I recommend watching my video

  • Nietzsche - How to Become Who You Are.”

  • I'll put a link to it in the description below and in the top right of the screen right

  • now.

If you wanna learn the truth or, to put it in a better way, live a life free of delusion,

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Nietzsche - Challenge Yourself, Learn the Truth

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