Essay Spake Zarathustra Nietzsche

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Leona Bourque
Flex 10 1-2
Mr. Martelli
06/04/2014

Thus Spake Zarathustra

Nietzsche's multiple part book 'Thus Spake Zarathustra' is a critique on those who followed socially normative ideas, religion, or dictation. The original 'hipster', Nietzsche was vehemently against religion, something that was widely accepted, but in decline. He thought that Christianity was a belief that denied people true happiness and kept them compliant. However, he did recognize that without something to strive for ( For example; the love of God, or an eternal place in the heavens after death), we became meaningless, empty. To combat this he introduced the concept of the 'Ubermensch', who is essentially a fully evolved human being, the goal of humanity.

The Ubermensch is someone who has overcome himself fully. He doesn’t follow any laws except the ones he gives himself. This means a level of self-mastery that frees him from the status quo and allows him to make his own decisions.
Zarathustra suggests that the Ubermensch hasn't yet existed, but that we must try to create one. As a race, humanity is only justified by the exceptional people who exist. That idea, when taken out of context, is a classic nazi sentiment, and the reason his work was so easily used to promote nazi views, despite Nietzsche's actual anti-nationalism.

Nietzsche thought that the perfect state of human being was childlike. He explained that in order to ascend you had to go through three metamorphoses. The first change was the camel who burdens…