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Friday August 17th 2017Tim Candler9

 

     Nietzsche has been a loadstone for crackpot ideas. Like the bible a person can pluck anything that matches a preconception from him without having to bother with the rest of it, and in the same way that the bible was written by people, Nietzsche was a person, he died somewhere around 1900.  Nietzsche's poem "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and the "Gospel of Saint John" were issued to front line German soldiers to give them comfort in the First World War. But by the Second World War it was the "The Will to Power" which was the work of Nietzsche's sister, culled from her brother's random notes she'd found lying around long after her brother died, of a syphilis which had entered his mind, turned him either sad or insane depending upon perspective. And like so many, Elisabeth Nietzsche found exactly what she wanted to in her brothers words, and she made them "look at me, I'm famous" profitable for herself and her anti-Semitic pals. When Elisabeth died in 1935, Hitler, who himself had ambitions to be thought of as God, brilliant he thought himself  and wonderful in every way, attended her funeral.

 

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       The more juvenile minds have always pounced upon the periphery of Nietzsche's understanding of "God is Dead, long live Superman." "That which does not break me, makes me stronger" the sort of crap-ass tough guy with a U Tube channel and the mind of shellfish. Nietzsche's point however was more in line with the question, "what happened to God, what's next?" His answer if he had one was to explore what it would be like with man as god. On the positive side he reckoned it would do away with divisive religions, nations, anti-Semitism and produce a sort of equality and freedom in which idea and reason would flourish rather than be chained by the pillars of past. On the negative side he looked at himself as a person, he saw the powerful  Pontius Pilate's description of Jesus who'd been whipped, crowned with thorns, "Ecce Homo," behold the man, and the philosopher shuddered at the prospect of anything like a man being god. Yes indeed I will always argue that Nietzsche, the son of  a Lutheran Pastor, died of a broken heart.

 

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