PHILOSOPHY – Nietzsche

Nietzsche believed that the central task of philosophy was to teach us to ‚become who we are‘. You can find out more about him and other great thinkers in our ‚Great Thinkers‘ book. For books from The School of Life, visit our online shop:

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“The challenge begins with how to pronounce his name. The first bit should sound like ‘Knee’, the second like ‘cher’: Knee – cher.
Friedrich Nietzsche was born in 1844 in a quiet village in the eastern part of Germany, where – for generations – his forefathers had been pastors. He did exceptionally well at school and university; and so excelled at ancient Greek (a very prestigious subject, at the time) that he was made a professor at the University of Basel when still only in his mid-twenties…”

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40 thoughts on “PHILOSOPHY – Nietzsche

  1. You can't actually translate "Übermensch" to superman. übermensch would be best translated as someone who is something more than human (über, is german and translates to: over, more, beyond. mensch is german and translates to: human, person.)

    an Übermensch is someone who overcame being a human. who has become more then human and has lost all negative Attributes linked to the word human. he is no longer subject to the human condition but is still the most human of all. the ideal human.

  2. Hmm, sounds interesting, he hated the bible or did he hate the new testament? If he thinks pilate was the only honorable man, this guy has some screws loose.

    We can name hundreds upon hundreds of honorable men in both old and new testament. I like Nitches quotes on perseverance and will give his book a better read, but this is what i don't like about most videos like this, i don't like that they merely give synopsis not actual critiques about what they said.

    It's like Jesus, over a bajillion videos on him whether theological, they look to possibilities of heaven, but never cite even a single parable of his own teachings, or whether if its archaeological and anthropological if we was here or there or anywhere, they still never mentions his teachings, onoy very few pastors talk based off scripture and not some opinion based synopsis.

    But of course like Nietzsche said…he who can bare a why, can bare almost any why.

    Is good stuff.

  3. Hmmmm, another disturbed historical human who didn't understand at all human beings in their dephtness and layers, value or diversity. You're better of reading some eastern philosophy, buddhism, old indian books, modern psychology, whatever if you actually want to try and understand deeper aspects of life….basically anything else than this guy. I mean, how much of a genius do you need to be to understand alcohol is usually not good for you…there were tons of people saying that for millenia….

  4. All this self promotion thru arts & culture is great, as long as u essentially live in luxury land & your gov't(leaders, rulers, who's in charge, who you're at the mercy of) is benevolent. Rationing food in an emergency is trying & maybe unnecessary, but it will keep u alive, even if your worst fears don't happen. "Tree by the fruit" thing. It's his honestly that makes him so intriguing, but it would be dishonest to not put equal emphasis on the above.

  5. Nietzsche is brilliant to a Christian becomes he's the perfect test of faith and the development of faith, because he so perfectly tackles blind faith and the fallacies that can form from it, such as the corporealizing of God, best described by the famous quote used by Nietzsche: "God is dead, and we have killed him." The idea that God is dead is only a problem to those who follow faith blindly, since the statement itself poses that god lives at all, beyond Jesus Christ, and that he thus corporeal in being within this universe. The idea that God is killable, even as an idea, is an issue to those that think of God as a tangible idea, rather than one entire abstract from Human comprehension, only observable through his works, rather than through himself. It challenges a Church problem, that being that God is perceivable, and perfectly challenges it, as well as points out the process that this issue leads to. He ironically argues in favour of metaphysics, indirectly arguing the case for God, as both are non-tangible ideas, only attainable through abstract thought of intent and impact, rather than direct scientific observation.
    He is the perfect godkiller for false idols.

  6. From what i gather from this video. His philosophy would demand that we individually made more of an effort in our lives. That's not necessarily bad. Though i disagree that envy is a positive or can be used for positive outcomes. Envy is strictly evil.

  7. I do not fully agree with Nietzsche, but I understand his point of view. It seems the old Church was also poor at delivering the word of God properly. Life as a child of God is not to be perfectly free from strife through this life, but rather having comfort through it. Knowing that by persevering and going until your legs give out that God will give you the strength to push on. God is many things, as is faith, with one of said things being powerful emotions. Emotions fuel us. The same emotions that caused Cain to kill Able, or David to kill a man so he could have his wife, are same emotions that pushed John the Baptist to serve as devotedly as he did, or Samson to fight even though his life would be the cost. These emotions can make us irrational or gloriously inspirational. And while yes we should be self-sufficient, without the need of a vice or some form of herd mentality, we will still need help from time to time as our strength has limits. Be it help from a brother or God. If I am wrong or misunderstanding something we can talk about it.
    Now the whole slave morality I do agree with. I notice this especially happens in political movements that inevitably end up becoming echo chambers. Those people don't care about what is objectively right or wrong, they don't care about challenging their beliefs or thoughts. they want to grand-stand, get up on a soapbox and preach recycled garbage that someone else said, because the group cheered for that person, so maybe they'll cheer for them. Look left or right and you find this to be true in both cases. If I am misunderstanding slave morality then I am open to discussion.
    When it comes to Nietzsche saying "become who we are"…where does it leave those who do not know who they are? Those with no real direction? Those who have faith, yet would refuse salvation? Those who reject the herd or group, but have no real self-defined morality? People who crave more with such infinite potential, yet despite that they have cucked by society and their environment. Nature vs. nurture. Yes I am getting existential at what…a little past 2 am.
    The view on alcohol is a bit much, as it can just be simple way to unwind one's nerves or be with others, like on a fishing trip. However for those who use it as a vice or crutch because "life sucks" or they are spiraling out of control, then I definitely see where Nietzsche would be right.
    With this philosophy and others, I want to take what bests suits my goals and leave what I can't use or just outright don't need. I wanna discuss this more with others. Not sure of the best place to start though.

  8. God can't die.The meaning of life is really that it's a test between God and the Devil over people's souls, so you're supposed to get saved by Jesus Christ so you pass and don't end up in Hell and the Devil's and Antichrist's forces can't get ya!

  9. When seeking advice, I go to those who appear successful in the line of enquiry I have.

    So I don't go to a beggar for financial advice.
    I don't go to a singleton for relationship advice.

    The fact that Nietzsche had a mental breakdown from which he never recovered makes me kind of think, perhaps, I don't want his advice on ways of thinking…

    Life is complex, but some things are simple.

  10. I don't know whether the phrase Envy differs from it's definition in the 19th century, but under the modern concept of envy, it would be better to replace it with "Jealousy", because "Envy" is more choatic when it comes to mind, and rather a concept that would initiate your desire to accumulate fortunes and not lust for envisaged, is absolutely better. Rosseau suggested that it is an innate trait, in which humans compare themselves to others, simultaneously inclined to have the same quality of others and better..

  11. “Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.”
    ― Friedrich Neitzsche
    this has to be the most corrupt thing ever uttered by Nietzsche. he's basically saying the puzzle is of no more value. that the hierarchy built upon knowledge is no more – because you are equals now. hell-no; i'd rather the puzzle be commonly understood as such, so we can move on to the next one.

    “We have art in order not to die of the truth.”
    ― Friedrich Nietzsche
    this has to be his most beautiful quote. 'art' being a metaphor for 'beauty'. and 'truth being a metaphor for 'reality'.

  12. 1:55 envy is the ulcer of the soul isn't it
    I used to feel really envious when my friends got better grades than me during middle school
    but realized later, what's the use of that envy?? useless. so nowadays I just feel good for them, and I am happy ehh

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