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Nietzsche has provided his mouthpiece Zarathustra with two companions: a snake and an eagle. The serpent stands for knowledge and the eagle for courage. So Spoken Zarathustra is in many ways a difficult book to read. The language has poetic qualities, but the prophetic tone and the diligent use of parables make the message obscure. Yet it is clear that Nietzsche in this book approaches several of the important insights he would arrive at later in his writing: the death of God, the idea of the superhuman, and the attempt to go beyond good and evil as moral dichotomies.

It is no coincidence that Zarathustra performs his prophetic work with just a snake and an eagle as company. One could just as easily express it as that he walks in the company of knowledge and courage. It is companions who are chosen with care. Because when it seems that civilization is collapsing, then where to seek guidance other than oneself? And which of the gods found in one's own chest is greater than knowledge and courage? As I see it, there are no ones who are higher in rank.

Christianity is to a very large extent connected with our view of Western civilization. It is a fact that is difficult to get away from no matter what one might otherwise think of Christianity. That is why the collapse of Christianity - as Nietzsche predicted - has been an enormous trauma for Western man. It is true that churches still stand and that people still visit them. But if one compares with what an incredibly potent cultural force Christianity was a hundred years ago, and compares this with its state today - it is very difficult not to arrive at the conclusion that Nietzsche devoted himself to more than rhetorical gestures.

Despite the enthusiasm for the collapse of Christianity, attempts to replace it with something else have been mildly unsuccessful. Ambitious attempts have not been lacking. Especially from representatives of the various political ideologies. The Swedish thinker Tage Lindbom wrote in one of his books that the ideologies are the prostheses of the human soul, which express a kind of state of deficiency. When one observes the almost religious zeal that lay behind several of these teachings, it is difficult not to anticipate the phantom pains after Christianity. But it seems that attempts to create replacement religions more often than not end in disappointment for those involved.

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Methodically and thematically, this is a far more impressive book.

>> No.16790078

This took ten years?

>> No.16790241

i really hope you didnt study nietzsche for 10 years... because what youve got to show for it is... fucking embarrassing...

>> No.16790409

>tfw you've never read Nietzsche and you know as much as someone who spent 10 years reading him
wew lad

>> No.16790725

I don't understand what you are saying to me

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