Though he was "the great destroyer," he has left us with some core concepts. The Ubermensch, his considerations of the Eternal Recurrence. His call that all should go "beyond good and evil"--the "revaluation of values." The call for a Dionysian confirmation of one's existence: a confirmation of it only and only as it is and nothing more.
Nietzsche is fascinating. When you read a good writer's words, you become their mind. In this case, it's a philosopher's mind. Nietzsche was often pained whenever he wrote; he kept a variable cornucopia of "medicines" with which to destroy his headaches; some say he contracted syphilis. Here is a man pained yet set to write down painstakingly, what he wrote.
Two-hundred years ago, he boldly proclaimed "God is Dead." He was speaking mainly of the Christian God especially. To this day, a dead God is still living, completely illusorly. Man is still warring over it--and other illusions of economy, government, and other likened things which are all at their core merely "values"--which should be re-evaluated.
"The last true Christian died on the cross," he writes. If only God would come off that tree in the shape of a t. "God is the TV," proclaims Marilyn Manson, who said he made his album Antichrist Superstar in inspiration of Nietzsche and in appreciation of him. "I'm not a slave to a God that doesn't exist/ I'm not a slave to a world that doesn't give a shit," sings Manson in "Fight Song," also credited to Nietzsche. "God is dead and no one cares/ If there is a hell I'll see you there," sings Trent Reznor on The Downward Spiral. Hitler claims him as his main inspiration. His influence is striking; what's all the more striking is how few truly seem to understand Nietzsche, or seem to implement all he had to say. Still exists the "herd mentality," and it's still not listening. To paraphrase, "In individuals, insanity is rare; but in nations, epochs, parties, it is the rule" says Nietzsche.
The man stroke an instant chord with me. His sharp, absolutely lacerating wit; his condemnation of Christianity, of any religion--his individualistic call and creedo for us to become. His intellectual conquering, and brutality, like a mind of war to all the Gods making war. He is very Greek, very Homer; for he said of the Greeks before Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle: "they suffered much, and this made them beautiful." Here is a man so dedicated to some madness that it eventually overtook him; and that was that. Here is the beginner, they say, of Satre, of existentialism. He also influenced Freud; took reins from Darwin. His place is inestimable.
Nietzsche--a name often feared, in these times, shamefully so; the world could be so much more than it is--without religion we could already be in space, so far-advanced. Without so many illusions, we could be so much more real. "There is not enough love and goodness in the world that we can give it to imaginary beings." He saw us as just exulted apes; a product of the Earth to take the Earth beyond the Earth; our reason as a type of sickness, because of our distortion of it. But I suppose I speak too much--what do you have to say of him?