Nietzsche Nihilism Analysis

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Nietzsche characterized Europe in late nineteenth century as nihilistic, and even considered the late twentieth century to be even more so. He generalizes that we no longer need a God, that a God doesn 't give us meaning and purpose to our lives. Our lives are simply meaningless and lack the capacity to become anything new. Nietzsche stressed that without a sole purpose of living, we would create a new world built on weakness and comfort. He also foresaw that nihilism might lead to radical nationalism, causing horrific wars. Nietzsche’s aim was to create a new society and system of values which are centered around out needs. For Nietzsche, this new society and system of values should be brought out through his doctrine of the overman and the …show more content…
Nietzsche was depicting Europe in the nineteenth century where the people are no longer in need of an omniscient being. He believed that faithfulness in God did not fit into anyones lives anymore. But stating that, “God is dead” implies that it is absurd to believe in God, when in fact there is no God. Nietzsche is a “naturalist” he believes that nothing can overcome nature and that humans are just more sophisticated creatures. When God is gone, people lack a belief system, something that binds them on to life. Nietzsche understands that human beings forage for explanations and look for answers to help guide our future. But without a God, there are no absolutes, what helps to regulate peoples lives are the perspectives and thoughts that we manage to produce. In a godless universe human beings must project one’s ideas and beliefs, but Nietzsche argues that there are many realities and perspectives that every human may encounter to produce their own reality. The criticism of love and empathy is challenged by Nietzsche by some of the central thoughts within Christianity. Sometimes we can seem him admiring Jesus, and he claims that the church created an identity of Jesus that is not accurate. He is doubtful towards the church because of its ideology and the pretense that the existential corruption that Christianity portrays does not come from Jesus himself but from the church’s ideas. These ideas caused Nietzsche to shy away from all

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