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Man's Identity According To Nietszche In Comparison To Marx's And Society's Definition

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Man's Identity According to Nietszche in Comparison to Marx's and Society's Definition

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote The Anti-Christ as a response to his own outrage concerning man's Christian-influenced values on life. Nietzsche saw Christianity as the leading cause of the problems with mankind. All the teachings of Christianity were contrary to the ways in which Nietzsche felt man should act and behave. His focus in The Anti-Christ is on this fact that Christianity is the root of all that is wrong with the world. His perspective on what defines an individual, particularly an ideal individual, differs greatly from that of Christian society's definition. Also, in contrast, Nietzsche's idea of what makes up a man's identity disagrees with that of Karl Marx's. While Nietzsche saw the ideal man as one who is secure, independent, and constantly questioning that which he believes to be true, Marx's ideal man is a member of the laboring proletariat class. Even though these two men both agree that the world is a place of constant conflict, their types of conflicts are very different. Marx sees the world on a large scale, and focuses on the conflicts between social classes. For Nietzsche, life is a constant series of internal conflicts within each person. Each man also sees the world as a place of continuous change. Again, Marx sees the need for change on a societal level and Nietzsche seeks change on an individual level. Their primary enemies that threaten their ideal situations are very different as well. Marx's main opponent is capitalism and Nietzsche's biggest threat is Christianity. This opposite style of viewing the world and society causes these two men to have very different criteria for what defines a person and makes up an ideal individual.
For Nietzsche, Christianity is seen as the basis for all of Europe's cultural values. This society gives each person the same definition of right and wrong, with the expectation that every individual will comply. Members of society are expected to fit into the mold and act accordingly. When a person's actions go against society's norms, the person is punished and looked down upon by the society. Such tools as the conscience and guilt are used by Christian society to force people into following its values and rules. Those at the head of Christian society, particularly Paul, who developed and created their own definitions of "good" and "evil" in the beginning expect other individuals in the future to follow a code of morals that is not personalized. Therefore these members of society have difficulty following along with the majority's morals and are then made to feel guilty and evil for having different ideas of what morality is. In society, particularly Christian society, the idea of an individual is nonexistent to Nietzsche. Each person is not allowed his own idea of right and wrong and is expected to follow certain truths that he himself did not discover, but only accepted as being...

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