Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Coltin Griffith - Section 008 - Post #3 - Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher and avid scholar. He wrote several critical, metaphorical, and ironic texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science. Nietzsche's key ideas include perspectivism and the death of God. He embraces the realities of the world in which we live over the idea of a world beyond. He radically questioned the value and objectivity of truth. In 1889, he suffered a collapse and a complete loss of his mental faculties. His breakdown led his to live the rest of his life under the care of his mother and sister, until his death.
Nietzsche was a very intelligent man who was struck by his own psychological health. He looked towards every angle of this situation, unlike Kant’s orderly presentation of ideas. He famously said that “God is dead.” He believed that if God is truly dead then the ordinary standards of morals were obsolete. Right and wrong make sense in a world with a god, but they don’t in a godless one. He thought we would be beyond morality. The death of God opened new possibilities for humanity. He thought the plus side of this was that individuals could create their own values for themselves. Nietzsche thought that you had to go back and look at the history in which these religious morals brought themselves up. He thought that moralities could easily be changed depending on what that individual wants. He thought that if you hold back traditional moral codes you can surpass the normal human and create a better one. However, the Nazi’s took this in a different light and rolled with a pure race should dominate all others. His work was taken over by his sister once he was emitted into an asylum, His sister pulled and added things to Nietzsche’s work and made it further support the Nazi party.
I admired a lot of Nietzsche’s points and ideals. His ideas on religion and morals spoke to me. I agree that maybe we should overlook the traditional views on what is right and what is wrong and define our own morals. It’s a tad bit selfish, but I still agree with this ideology. However, I cannot agree with his crazy sexist views on the world and his disapproval of subjects. His works supported Nazi establishments. It may have been due to his sisters further editing of his works that made it so well known by the Nazi party, but the fact that it helped Hitler and his awful view on the world makes me hate it even more.