The subject of the photo and drawing above is Friedrich Nietzsche. In the photo of the young man, he looks like he is smelling unpleasant odors from a barnyard. As he matured, he solved this sneering problem by resembling a barnyard animal. Good thinking, Freddy!
It's interesting that so much of the modern conservative worldview thinks that anti-Christian sentiment is a liberal conspiracy, when much of published anti-Christian thought in the past two centuries comes from anti-liberal writers like Nietzsche and Ayn Rand, who put forward hero worship of selfish people of iron will. The most popular piece of buffoonery that dribbled from Nietzsche sneering lips is this nonsensical proverb: "That which does not kill us only serves to make us stronger."
Really. Freddy. You sure you don't want to rethink that? Oh, I'm sorry. You're dead. No rethinking possible.
A car crash didn't kill Monty Clift. It just took away his youth and turned him into a pathetic drug addict. Multiple motorcycle crashes didn't kill Evel Knievel right away. They just turned him into a mean-as-shit drug addict.
Freddy might tell us here that this clearly shows that Clift and Kneivel weren't the supermen that Nietzsche wanted mankind to aspire to be.
There are plenty of life's hardships that don't kill us, at least not right away, and do not make us stronger. Alzheimer's patients can live for decades. No one would say the disease makes the patient stronger. It's not the difference between men and superman, it's the harsh reality of nature.
But this stupid, tough sounding nonsense is still spouted by jackasses who think they've seen the worst the world can show them. Kanye West, a confused young rapper, sings about needing Jesus and wanting a Lexus and looking at education as a sap's game if it isn't going to make you financially better. Earlier this year, he released a song called Stronger, which quotes the famed anti-Christian Nietzsche. A few months later, his beloved mother died as a result of complications from plastic surgery. Like so many tabloid deaths, her story has become a circus of tragedy mixed with searches for blame.
School's not out, Kanye. This is not going to kill you and it's not going to make you stronger. For all the inspiring stories of people overcoming hardships, none of us are supermen. Some things that don't kill us take something away from us forever, and we are not the stronger for it.
If Superman is a dick, we would have to conclude that the man who wrote Man and Superman was just an asshole.
Here endeth the lesson.
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