“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, ‘This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!’ Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, ‘Never have I heard anything more divine’?” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Humans are only as alive as their emotions allow. To go through life, unscathed and unscarred would produce a very unaffected, unchallenged soul. We need the dark just as we need the light to balance our experience and show us what we are capable of becoming. The seering hot poker that jabs through your heart as it is broken is just as important as the angelic lifting away of the same pain. I would rather live in Nietzche’s hourglass than waste my days in a cloudless slumber, unaware of the depths and dimension that the shadows of a cloud can bring.