By Rowena Bianchino
Existential Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Relationship Counselling & Group Therapist.
“And thus forward upon the path of wisdom, with a firm step and good confidence! However you may be situated, serve yourself as a source of experience! Throw off the displeasure at your nature , forgive yourself your own individuality , for in any case you have in yourself a ladder with a hundred steps upon which you can mount to knowledge.”
What I really love about this quote is that it celebrates individuality and promotes self acceptance. How many of you spend hours of your days wishing you were somehow different? Your nature is all that you have been, are in this moment and will be in the future. It is a combination of your given circumstances when you came into the world and your experiences since then. We cannot be like any other and yet, we can catch ourselves wishing to be like someone else. Nietzcshe and his fellow like minded philosophers carved a new road for self realization, taking back the moral high ground from organised religion and encouraging each autonomus being to decide for themselves what was important and what was not. In other words, the freedom to choose what is important to each of us and with it the responsibilty to act according to our own ethos.
Curiosity is the key to freedom!