The Philosophy Of Nietzsche Essay

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As Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher once wrote in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “When Zarathustra was alone, however he said to his heart: ‘could it be possible! This old saint in the forest has not yet heard of it, that God is dead.” (479). And again in his parable of the mad man:
“The insane man jumped into their midst and transfixed them with his glances. " Where is God gone? " he called out. " I mean to tell you! We have killed him, -- you and I! We are all his murderers! But how have we done it? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the whole horizon? What did we do when we loosened this earth from its sun?” (Pojman 642)
But what does Nietzsche mean by the death of God, or that we killed him? Nietzsche, born in 1844, grew up in the end of a period that the human race saw one of the largest cultural transformations ever, the industrial revolution. Increasingly the world saw major advances in science and technology, and also increasingly God and this missive of the Church was becoming outdated as works like Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species were coming out and challenging much of what was in the bible. Along with the works of earlier philosophers, like St. Thomas Aquinas who held that the existence of god could not be proven. Further Nietzsche saw the culture the Church cultivated in what he called the slave morality.
Never being of a religious mind, I have rarely questioned on the existence of god. Omitting the occasion where the subject was thrust upon my conscious ether by the volition of others or by an unforeseen occurrence in my life. Often times when the subject being thrust upon my conscious by others, merits no deeper contemplation than that of an annoying fly buzzing in my ear and renders it nothing more than a minor annoyance. But on the occasion where the question is brought about by the unforeseen circumstances of life often requires much deeper thought. In these times the question often can’t be willed away by pure volition, but only by thoroughly addressing the issue at hand. More often than not this question arises when one must question their mortality. Finding oneself in this situation the temptation to turn from the void that is death, and instead turnaround and embrace the promise of the eternal after life, that seemingly contains all that we associate dearly with life in the immortal realm of the afterlife. But to seek solace in this way one fails to glean any true knowledge or growth.
While religion offers the comforting notion that there is a life after death, and one must simply live justly in the name of the lord to reap the glories of the after life and live in eternal bliss. In reality it does not set one on a moral path or give them sovereignty, but renders them slaves to the doctrine of the church. This slavery is not one where they are physically bound and forced by the malicious intent of others promising them the fear of corporal...

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