The reason Nietzsche remains my favorite antagonist is that he was a Phenomenologist before the advent of modern Phenomenology. Unlike most philosophers, he does not like defining and systematizing "what is truth." In fact, he seems to despise that mode of philosophizing, as well as the notion of truth itself. On the contrary, he is… Continue reading Whence comes this fire that burns eternally? That we could ignite Nietzsche…
Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche. She represents everything he sought to create through his Will to Power and Übermensch. The Good for Nietzsche was bravery, war, and the Will to Power. Leave charity and goody, goody sentimentalism to "little girls." "War and courage have done more great… Continue reading Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche.
I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers, and he is as brilliant as he is sinister. Two areas strike me most as over-dinner topics in making my way through the first part of Zarathustra. The first is the wise man who speaks on sleep and virtue.… Continue reading I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers
"But when morning dawned, Zarathustra found himself in a thick forest and the road disappeared." I am struck by how inversely correlated the story of Nietzsche's Zarathustra is to my own. This is like matter and anti-matter. Zarathustra is to me a particle with equal mass (affective energy) but opposite charge (negative will). We are… Continue reading Can Zarathustra be saved?
I began my philosophy challenge last September with the very definite conviction that I must start with the unholy German trinity of Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Here is how I would describe each: Hegel is like a thick dark, murky, muddy forest. It is almost impossible to maneuver around, and all you really know is… Continue reading Nietzsche is the most formidable. He also is the most redeemable.
For the past decade, I have not been able to describe convincingly the genre into which my writings fit. I am not sure that there is a clean category for them. They seemed at first to be religious, then spiritual, then political, then inspirational, now philosophical, or, a combination of all. In the midst of… Continue reading In fact Friedrich, “God is dead” is dead; this is the point of my writings.
Below is one of Nietzsche's Opus commentaries. It is a powerful artistic depiction of his Übermensch, or Superman. This is a masterpiece of communication. Anyone who has tried to write knows that the struggle is in how to bring what is in the heart and mind to life in the written word. Nietzsche is masterfully… Continue reading We die empty only to live. Nietzsche rises as Superman only to die.
Some time ago I mentioned that despite his antiChrist views, Nietzsche would be my choice for a dinner guest over any other modern era philosopher. He speaks in almost exasperated tones of The Will to Power; however, I see a man who in all reality has more of a "Will to Seek" than a Will… Continue reading Nietzsche wants the Kingdom of Heaven but soars instead under the sun and into the void.
Nietzsche as interpreted in the play, St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother. In his poignant criticism of Christians, Nietzsche makes a stunning point, one that we Christians often prefer to minimize as we point our fingers at others, pronouncing the nearness of their doom should they not also follow the Creed. The playwright places this… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and the pastoral approach of the Post Vatican II Church
The quote below is the single most intriguing statement I have ever read when reflecting on the post-Vatican II world. I have never thought the idea and original intent of Vatican II to be bad; I only have recognized the obvious that everything went really badly after Vatican II. Sure, one knows a tree by… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Vatican II