The Four Stages of Self-Development – Friedrich Nietzsche


Author Joanne Reed

Friedrich Nietzsche (15 October 1844 to 25 August 1900) was a German Philosopher whose writings on truth, morality, cultural theory, history, the meaning of existence has exerted an enormous influence on Western Philosophy. Nietzsche believed that embracing difficulties is essential for a fulfilling life and urged people to consider the journey of self-discovery as one of the greatest and most fertile existential pursuit.

Knowing oneself is the first step to the meaning of
existence; but Nietzsche reminds us that the path to finding ourselves is no light
stroll, it is a dark and mysterious business; to dig into oneself, to climb
down directly into the tunnel of one’s being is an agonizing and hazardous
undertaking. The journey through that tunnel
requires us to ask ourselves questions such as:

  • what has truly uplifted our soul?
  • What has dominated and delighted us?
  • Are we operating within our true potential or just

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