Why does Nietzsche think suffering is great? : Nietzsche

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"But not to perish from internal distress and doubt when one inflicts great suffering and hears the cry of suffering : that is great, that belongs to greatness." The Gay Science, Fourth Book, 325

How can suffering being great be justified?

-below are rebuttals to immediately clear posits-

-Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich strker." =That still leaves me with questions: I would say painful experiences make you more weary and occupy time, not that they make you stronger.

-Problems direct humanity toward betterment. =We all have pain and have recorded it for at least 4,000 years, and the elimination of anxiety regarding the sustinance of life has not occurred. (food/Healthcare in developed countries)

I have posted this on stackexchange and have been lacking an answer (admittedly this is its revised form, through feedback from said site). This is my first post on Reddit, though I am not unfamiliar with the beast, but I hope the more open format of this site can give me at least some additional perspectives for consideration.

This topic concerns me greatly, it has occupied all of my free time for 4 days now. This is a plea.

==Addendum, respondents please read==

It seems as the Nietzschean view is that suffering is something to be worked through, not appreciated in and of itself (outside of reflection on this given opportunity).

Is there another way to view the swath of humanity that is not transcending their suffering other than in disappointment and disgust?

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