I have not read Nietzsche’s books, but have stumbled across many quotes attributed to the German philosopher. I agree with many of his thoughts (god is dead; morality is the herd instinct of the individual; religion is a world of pure fiction). For some strange reason, I recall the headmaster of my prep school blabbering in a Sunday sermon about the need to repudiate Nietzsche’s nihilism and having no idea about what or whom he preached.
In my latest foray into Europe: A History, I discovered the following sentence.
“In The Will to Power, Nietzsche called for ‘a declaration of war by higher men on the masses...The great majority of men have no right to existence.’”
This brought to mind on-going efforts in the United States to cut back on services to citizens of lesser means, lower taxes for the well-to-do, and make life miserable for “lesser” sorts. Have Republican strategists read Nietzsche? Do they hope that reduced medical care will result in weakening of and higher death rate for the masses?
_ This is not a book for everyone. Not even me, although I find the subject interesting. Reading the review was enough, because it falls into the category of “preaching to the converted”.
I have touched on some of these topics in my novels. This, of course, does not make me smart or “right”, especially since there is no “right”. It merely points to my interest in this subject.
I attended a church-sponsored private school, which required us to attend services each day. Sunday included heavy-duty sermon, usually given by the headmaster, an ordained minister. I recall almost nothing of his words, but I do remember him mentioning the name Nietzsche and the word nihilism. (Strange what one recalls!) After reading this review, I assume that he used both in a single sermon and that he was taking an opposing view. Given his beliefs, he had no choice but to mouth the party line. If I had been more curious, I might have sought a book on the philosopher. As it turned out, I came to similar conclusions on my own...which also does not mean that I am smart...
I do not recommend this article to anyone not willing or able to have his or her religious conviction assaulted, questioned, or shaken.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.