Nietzsche: Love, Greed, And Love In Everyday Life

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Nietzsche’s writing style is peculiar, yet easier to understand than previous writers. Because of this, understanding the remarks about everyday life opened up a plethora of ideas never seen before. An idea which was initially thought to be exhausted was seen through a different lens and perspective. The multiple perspectives in the remarks challenged the reader to react in various ways. This allowed both the reader and I to truly see beyond what was initially thought to be infallible truth. Hatred was no longer a bane to humanity, but a concept which preserves it. The concept of love was no longer restricted to a single idea. Selflessness became an act which was not innocent from all sides. The truth of God and other truths were experimented …show more content…
Love, greed, and friendship, are all the claimed to be the same thing under different lenses. Nietzsche brings to light how the longing of knowledge can be applied to the longing of the possession of your neighbor. Possessing your neighbor comes in the form of exerting control, gaining knowledge, and attaining sexual love. “Our love of our neighbours – is it not a craving for new property?” (Remark 14). Nietzsche questions humanity what truly motivates desire and love. Is knowledge and love merely working together for the sake of owning new property? I find this unlikely, but Nietzsche brings this point up in order to distinguish between the multiple perspectives of love. Furthering his argument, he mentions the phenomenon of “possession usually diminishes the possession.” This is a fair representation of how humanity’s appreciation of certain things diminish after finally achieving something; things are taken for granted. Because of this, the reader cannot help but think and be skeptical towards this way of thinking. Later in the remark Nietzsche states “Sexual love, however, is what most clearly reveals itself as a craving for new property.” Regrettably, this concept might be at the epicenter of what it means to “crave new property.” This leaves both the reader and I to react laughably so. There would be denial that such idea actually drives and motivates our actions. But this is the reason …show more content…
The overwhelmingly popular and controversial remark regarding “The madman” estranges not only the average reader, but religious and non-religious people universally. The estrangement arises from lessons learned from remark 307. Humanity overall is constantly evolving and improving themselves. Religion and God was once a more critical section to people’s lives. However, the disclosure about how humanity itself was the murderer of God leaves the reader at a standstill. “ 'Where is God? ' he cried; 'I 'll tel1 you! We have killed him - you and I! We are all his murderers.” (Remark 125). The death of God could be attributed from how humanity no longer required him to live. Rather than depend of religion and religious truths, science has blinded humanity from any other source of truth; truth being a source of meaning to live. The reader is left with having to deduce what other truths have been “killed off” due to the advancements of other truths. Moments of estranging the reader would be incomplete without the mention of the remarks that spurred so much controversy. As a man who believes in a religion, I was initially skeptical to what kind of lesson I would learn here. I am glad to say Nietzsche truly does make this remark a focus on the actions of humanity against not only the concept of God, but also many other

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