Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ramblings About Nietzsche

Nietzsche's break down of the moral code of his time period seems very difficult to handle. On the surface he seems to simply support the barbaric and animalistic nature early civilizations. He condemns the new Christian morality found across Europe because it makes everyone weaker. Rather than allow the strong to prosper and continually better the society, civilization evolved to protect everyone. Thus, rendering the entire population mediocre.
As disturbing as some people may find this, I believe there is an even deeper issue at work within Nietzsche's conclusions. He demonstrates how morality has evolved over time. This completely destroys our basic concept of morality. Many people believe morality is either natural ingrained in people at birth or it was placed on Earth directly from God. But if we believe Nietzsche's argument then morality can be neither. It removes the sacred nature from morality, reducing it to another social invention. This presents a huge issue. If morality does not have that divine power, then why follow the code. Why not act unjustly, taking advantage of the weak to better yourself? Embracing Nietzsche's concept of "master morality" seems like the smarter option.
Yet, I can't help but wonder what such a decision on a massive level would do to our society. Humanity as we consider it will be transformed into something we currently consider barbaric and unjust. Justice would be eradicated in favor of an attitude of survival of the strongest. As Nietzsche argued this would eliminate the "mediocre" quality of society that has developed, but I cannot concede to the idea that this would better the society.

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