amor fati

“If you were to go back in time and meet yourself, what two words would you say to yourself?” 

“Shit happens.” 


A few weeks back, I was “trying” to clean my desk in my bedroom, and found a book I stole (or borrowed, I don’t remember). It was one of those Penguin Little Black Classics. Wait where is it? *leaves my laptop for 10 minutes looking for the book* 

Lies. I spent 20mins. I did something illegal. 

Anyway, this black book is by Friedrich Nietzsche (knee-cha); Aphorisms on Love and Hate. I never got to finish this bb so I just flipped its pages to somewhere nonspecific and read: 

Motive for attack. We attack not only to hurt a person, to conquer him, but also, perhaps, simply become aware of our own strength. 

. . . 

This guy is dope

I read some more then after a few moments I found myself sitting on my bed with my face focused on my laptop screen watching a video about Nietzsche. 

You may have heard about him because he’s associated with nihilism. Nihilism is basically the idea that everything is pointless and every effort you do in making everything seem “alright” is a waste of  energy. 

The world doesn’t care about your problems, feelings, and you. Although, Friedrich wasn’t a nihilist (?). How I understood it is that he was more an observer of nihilism (?), where he explains that people should create their own morals so we don’t become nihilists. 

Among his philosophy is the concept of amor fati, which is a Latin phrase for “a love of one’s fate.” This idea suggests that every shitty part that happened before in your life is good, and you accept it with all your heart. 

“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it… but love it.” – Friedrich Nietzsche 


Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of trying to alter some of the things that stand on our way (especially during this pandemic!), or maybe even wished something happened otherwise. It’s natural (?) to throw a tantrum when you don’t get what you want. There are times when it is useful to resist fate and be more willing to challenge its course, and for Nietzsche, he points out that for us to have a good life, we need to know when to be a stubborn. 

For him, everything is situational and you don’t need to be consistent in your actions. 

Sometimes you have to keep fighting, and other times, you just have to watch everything crumble and fall and fade away, and at the same time embrace it because shit happens.



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