That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
I remember the very first day my philosophy professor said Nietzsche’s most iconic phrase “God is dead”. Most of our class of 500 students gasped in disbelief — no one ever outright says something like that.
I even remember some students walking out because of how offended they were. I didn’t gasp or leave, I sat there willing to listen.
We are all entitled to our beliefs in life. At the same token, we should know why we believe in something and not be opposed hearing differing perspectives about life. And these Friedrich Nietzsche quotes prove he wasn’t afraid to say what he believed in. Ever.
Philosophy is the study of questioning existence and values. It is not the practice of deeming one way of answering a question as superior.
I personally don’t agree with all of Nietzsche’s philosophies on life, Christianity, or death, but I couldn’t help but wonder why Nietzsche thought God was dead. I wanted to understand his perspective.
What really perplexed about Nietzsche was that he believed we the people killed God. Nietzsche viewed God as dead because as society made scientific advancements, the importance of Christianity and its teachings declined, resulting in the “death of God”.
Then he questioned the meaningfulness of life if there was no God. He felt that if God was dead, life no longer had meaning.
Believe it or not, Nietzsche was the son of a pastor. He did not grow up believing that life and religion were meaningless. It was when the philosopher matured, that he began to see Christianity as pointless. To Nietzsche, religion crushed individuality. It robbed life of its freedoms.
Nietzsche believed in existentialism. He wanted others to question the meaning of life as well, in hopes it would start a reformation. Nietzsche wanted us to fight against the values we were conditioned to have, to be able to begin a new life that allowed us the freedom to create our own path.
If you’re interested in learning more about his beliefs on life, check out these thought-provoking Friedrich Nietzsche quotes below.
1. Nietzsche’s philosophy on existentialism.
“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled …