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Transcript of Friedrich Nietzche
Lived from 1844-1900
From a small rural village in Germany
"God is dead"
Rids the world of a sole provider who granted everything
Rejects Christianity and Morality
Leads to the rise of Nihilism
Believes "the human being must craft his/her own identity through self-realization and do so without relying on anything transcending that life" (Pratt)
Reinvent our own set of values
Super-human or Over-human
The ideal being
The creator of these values
determines what is good and evil
Also constantly changing
views all the past actions as a necessity of becoming
Qualities: imagination, self-assertion, originality
There has never been a real overman in history
analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad.
Will to Power
Affirmation of Life
finding the meaning of existing
Becoming what one is
Reject the idea of universal constants and absolutes
Truth is nothing more than an invention for security and consistency
The comic "Superman" is based on this ideal
Clark possesses all the qualities of an overman
He is an alien
No human, fictional or not, is a Superman.
Hitler believed in Aryan supremacy
Mussolini elitism and anti-egalitarianism
"The behavior of [people] at the most basic level is governed by their attempt to expend force to influence the environment" (Anderson)
Influenced by Schopenhauer's "will to live"
Will to power is placed above the will to live
Will= fountain of constantly swelling energy
Power= the energy or force
A Beautiful Mind
John Nash suffers from Schizophrenia
his mind is creating an alternate reality where he can become someone important
Leopold and Loeb wanted to create the perfect murder
Desired to demonstrate their intelligence and how big an impact they can create
Brings it all together
Will to Power
Based on Leopold and Loeb case
Does not believe in the afterlife or the soul being over the body
Has no proof of God
must make the most out of this life
an alternative to repressed morals and averts nihilism
"[Individuals] will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant because it is living and because life simply is will to power" (Nietzsche, 259)
Thus Spoke Zarathustra