That which does not kill you makes you stronger

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I am reading one book this week. The author is an America-born-Chinese. When I come to the book’s dedication, it impresses me so much that I can’t help writing them down.

In the dedication the author writes in a humorous way: (the book is dedicated) To all the hecklers I’ve faced while performing stand-up comedy on stage. Your many taunts, insults, and racial slurs have only helped strengthen me as a human being. In the words of the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzche, “That which does not kill you makes you stronger.” As a result, hecklers everywhere have my eternal gratitude for their indirect contribution to my life. Of course, this dedication doesn’t change the way I feel about hecklers in general. I still hate them.

I put these words down to serve as a reminder when I deal with discrimination in future. The discrimination is always there no matter you choose to face up or to avoid it. You can pretend to disregard it. But it doesn't always work that “those you don't know won't hurt you”. The discrimination is just there. And even worse it is invisible. However you shouldn’t be defeated by it. Be stronger. To those who shows disrespect to you, just say to yourself “ they are the people of no class” and return them your sweetest smile.

And on the last point, I can’t agree the author more. To those who are unbelievable arrogant, though I smile at them, still, I can’t stop hating them.
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2001-9-18 -04:00
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