Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rereading God is Dead.

"Where is God?" proclaimed Nietzsche. Through his writings, the questions he poses contain more spirituality  than most pastoral sermons. Nietzsche continues....

"I shall tell you!, We have killed him-you and I! We are all his murderers! But how have we done this? How were we able to drink the whole sea? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God's decomposition. Gods too decompose. God is dead, and we have killed him!"

My Commentary
We have killed God and the value system that comes with him. Through our "supremacy" this can be seen through the subjection of our fellow brothers and sisters whom we have brutally murdered, violated their natural rights, forced into slavery, burned at the stake, etc, throughout the course of human history. Nietzsche poses the question; where do we go from here?

Many tend to think Hitler incorporated Nietzsche's idea of a superman that later resulted in the death of  millions of mentally handicaped, homosexuals, witches, and Jews. What Hitler did was in complete violation of what Nietzsche envisioned of a "superman." Nietzsche does not call for a superman with specific physical
features, nor a particular superpower for that matter. Nietzsche rather calls us to decide what we should set as the highest value in our society and try to attain such a goal. If our highest value is really love, let's begin to set down our guns and have a conversation. Let's act, not speak nonsense. Nietzsche presents humanity with the opportunity to "re-create" ourselves and restore and uphold the values that will benefit all of society. The choice is ours and always has been.

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