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THE PHILOSOPHY OF FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE Sometimes philosophy is called timeless implying that its lessons are of value to any generation This may be hard to see in Nietzsches work but we are assured that it was appropriate thought for his time However even Nietzsches critics admit that his words hold an undeniable truth as hard as it is to accept Perhaps this is why his work is timeless and has survived 150 years in print Christianity God is Dead announced Zarathustra better known as Zoroaster in Neitzsches proudest book Thus Spoke Zarathustra 1883-1885 Unlike many philosophers Nietzsche never tried to prove or disprove the existence of God just that belief in God can create sickness and to convince that highest achievements in human life depend on elimination of God Whether God existed had no relevance in his goal Proclamation of the death of God was a fundamental ingredient in the revaluation of values Nietzsche advocated Nothing has done more than Christianity to entrench the morality of mediocrity in human consciousness Christian love extols qualities of weakness it causes guilt Charity is just teaching hatred and revenge directed toward nobility Belief in God is a tool to bring submission to the individual of noble character -- F Nietzsche Thus Spoke Zarathustra Hero Morality Nietzsche had an ideal world in mind with an ideal government and an ideal God the Overman or Superman These Gods were a product of natural selection or social Darwinism He felt very strongly that any kind of moral limitations upon man would only stand in the way of The Overman The Will To Power his strongest teaching meant that The Overman should and would do anything possible to gain power control and strength If one showed the smallest bit of weakness or morality he would be killed by the
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