On dodging death and strength
What does not kill you does not make you stronger. It may seem that way, but the truth of the matter is that what does not kill you makes you hopeless, which is easily confused with being stronger.
Another term for “hopeless” could be realistic. What does not kill you makes you realistic, thus less prone to injury, be it physical or emotional.
What does not kill you numbs you. It makes you a more careful human being, more cautious, more reluctant. Experiences with physical pain cripple you against being outgoing or daring with your body. Emotional damages leave you un-trusting of people and unwilling to take risks in relationships.
The only way something that does not kill you makes you stronger is if you redefine strength. If caution, despair, realism and reluctance are means for strength, then yes; what does not kill you indeed makes you stronger.
The way I see it, what does not kill you makes you smarter! Stronger is open for discussion.