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In a 750-1000 word essay, please respond to the following:

Nietzsche famously proclaims that any worthwhile achievements in life come from the experience of overcoming hardship. For him, a life of comfortableness and ease is a worthless, wretched, and wasted life. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment of the good life? Why or why not? In support of your argument, please refer to specific passages from the video (Alain de Botton's "Nietzsche on Hardship---Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness," available on YouTube via the link below) as well as to your own life experiences and observations.

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Alain de Botton's "Nietzsche on Hardship-Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness
Nietzsche notably decrees that meaningful accomplishments in one’s lifespan emanate
as a result of an individual’s experience to overpower hardships. Nietzsche's life was not easy
since he experienced lots of difficulties. Nietzsche's father was a pastor but was in Nietzsche's
life for a short term of five years after he was born. Besides, Nietzsche was sickly since he
was regularly vomiting and having headaches. Also, he got syphilis as a result of fooling
around. Due to frequent sicknesses, Nietzsche got sick, forcing him to retire at 35 years of
age. He tried to look for a place to live so that he could seize his sickness and pains that made
him uncomfortable. Afterward, Nietzsche found a place in the mountains, where he thought it
would be an excellent place to take refuge, which would help him to get over his pains.
Therefore, he rented a farmer's apartment, where he wo...

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