god-is-dead

I’m still laughing at the fact that the makers of that God’s Not Dead film, which cost $2 million dollars to make, didn’t even Google what the actual meaning of the phrase “God is dead” was. Do you think that there was just, like, one or two minor assistants who were like “hey, you know that the ‘death of God’ symbolizes the end of traditional theology as a cultural institution and the emergence of secular culture, right?” and some director was just like “shut the fuck up kid, we know what we’re doing here”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Our first obstacle with Friedrich Nietzsche is to learn how to pronounce his Surname (Knee-cha) our second obstacle is to try to understan his extraordinary and provocative and to some people offensive statements. 

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find suffering in meaning”

“People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed”

“God is dead and we have killed him”

Friedrich Nietzsche was born in 1844 near Saxony, Prussia. He greatly loathed his family. Stating he couldn’t stand to hear his sisters voice. Studyig greek and roman language and became the youngest ever chair of classical Philology at the age of 24. He soon became bored and turned to philosophy. it should be noted he suffered frequently from violent headaches and indegestion. He was so short sighted he could be classed as partially blind. A riding accident in 1868 only made his condition worse. 

Becomig more and more fed up with his work. He moved to the swiss alps. Living off rich family members donations. It was here that he enshrined his name in philosophy. 

Nietzsche thought himself as a champion of Self overcoming and the will to carry on. He described him and people like him as an Ubermensch. A person who stares life in the face and gets on with it no matter what damages them. Nietzche thought you should base your life on principles and morals he outlined in his works. 

Firstly. You should own up to envy aslong as you use it to become better. Envy is often seen as evil and bad and it should be hidden away. This is due to the effects of christianity. Nietzsche thought you should use envy as something to aspire to. Believing any even a shopkeep could someday become a multi millionaire tycoon. 

Secondly. Do not be a christian. Above all Nietzsche had some pretty extreme things to say about christianity. Who at the time had dominated western culture but had begun to fade away due to the rise of ideas born out of the french revolution. Nietzsche believed that christianity had been invented by the slaves of the Roman empire who had been to lazy and weak to get what they wanted and had created a belief that rewarded them for their inability to be an ubermensch. He called this “Sklaven morale” (slave mentality) and labled christians “De herd” (it dosen’t take brackets to work out what that means). Every christian belief is false. Forgiveness is not being able to take revenge. Sexlessness turned into purity. Weakness became goodness. Submission to people one hates became Obeidience. 

His third teaching is never to drink alchohol. Nietzsche only drank water and as a treat. Milk. Nietzsche hated alchohol as it numbed pain. It convinced you that everything is alright as it is. But is infact numbed by alchohol. He labled christianity and alchohol as the two great narcotics of civilisation. 

“How little you know of human happiness you comfortable fools. The secret to a fufilled live is live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of mount vesuvuius”

His last and most important Belief was that god is dead. Don’t misunderstand what he is saying. This is not a celebration. Although he hated christianity he knew they were important for a strong society. Churches were places on commune and they were the prime social point for people in the western world. He believed this glue should be replaced by Culture such as Philosophy art and literature. But he was afraid of the way his generation were handing culture. He believed universities were killing subjects off by turning them into dry and boring academic exercises. 

During his lifetime. Nietzsche’s books didn’t sell and he suffered a mental break down at the age of 44 when he saw a horse being beaten by its owner and he ran over screaming “I understand you” he never recovered and died 12 years later. 

“And those who were seen dancing. Were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” - Friedrich Nietzsche