October 26, 2011
Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept (New York: Basic Books, 1992) (" 'Don't underestimate what you have given me . . . Don't underestimate the value of friendship, of my knowing I'm not a freak, of my knowing I'm capable of touching and being touched. Before, I had only half embraced my concept of Amor fati: I had trained myself--resigned myself is a better term--to love my fate. But now, thanks to you, thanks to your open hearth, I realize I have a choice. I shall always remain alone, but what a difference, what a wonderful difference, to choose what I do. Amor fati--choose your fate, love your fate.' " Id. at 301.).