The basic character of life in this world is to exhibit a primal tendency he calls "will to power". He glorifies those who are strong enough to face this reality: for they alone can live joyfully, without God and without any hope of ultimate salvation. The "overman" is his new ideal, the symbol of creativity incarnate.
Man is fundamentally only an animal that has developed in an unusual way. Yet a "higher humanity" can emerge if the most talented, creative, and strongest individuals flourish and prevail, rising above the life of the "common herd" that typifies mankind. Nietzsche rejects democratic ideals, believing that they ignore human differences and hinder the exceptionally talented.
Conflict, mastery, and creativity are essential to life and its development. The "will to power" brings about new forms of competition and superiority, as artists and other creative types pave the way for the "enhancement" of human life.
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What a great thinker Nietzsche was and overall, I really enjoyed this listen and learning about this phenomonal philospher.
This is a good general introduction by a well respected Nietzsche scholar. Because Nietzsche's thought was so revolutionary, it is understandable that some might not be able to appreciate how important his insights were and are. The best next step, after this overview of his thought, is to spend time with Nietzsche's Twilight_of_the_Idols.
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