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  • reynolds
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    • Oct 2018
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    Yes I Love Nietzsche



    There is no philosopher as misunderstood as Friedrich Nietzsche.

    My advice when studying Nietzsche, is never to assume you understand what he just said. But that he may really be questioning exactly what you are thinking. "God is dead" means that "we have killed him" "You and I". That we may as well have killed him!

    Nietzsche on love

    The German thinker was unconventional, and while you might think that his thoughts serve no purpose if you want some peace of mind in your marital life, it is wrong to think that way. He said “it is not the lack of love but the lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” But Nietzsche, who was educated in the classics at a very young age, actually wrote that friendship is the highest form of love.

    In fact, sex will only make couples want to go to war against each other, given that this basic instinct is no more than the conscious effort to dominate the other. So, there must be a warning against branding Nietzsche a misogynist. In truth, he saw marriage as some kind of a power relation. Nietzsche advises that lovers must be ready to prepare themselves the moment the attraction expires. Thus, in order to avoid the disappointment, you have to realize that you must marry a woman not only because she is the most beautiful in your universe, but also because you love having endless conversations with her.

    The philosopher who declared that “God is dead” also says that being in love has got nothing to do with marriage. For Nietzsche, marriage is more serious than a walk down the aisle. What you feel inside your heart is not enough. To say that marital life is all about love is hypocrisy....

    Some couples pretend that they are in love. But of course, pretensions lead nowhere. I have argued on so many occasions that there can only be one captain on a ship. People change. Feelings change. The person you marry may no longer be the same. In this regard, as partners sail through that thing called life, the important point is that both should be happy to be sailing together. A ship can only have one direction, not two...

    If a woman loves you, then you can be burdened by the fact that you have to do everything in order to maintain that love. If a woman does not love you, then you will have to carry that pain for the rest of your life. Hence, whether you are loved or not, you have burdens! Hence, the right thing to do is to go on living. You just have to be with her, quarrel with her and all, for we are, after all, “human, all too human.”

    What does it mean to love? Nietzsche exclaims: “Let a man suffer!” Let him get sick! The sickness will make him a stronger person. It will allow him to reflect about life. It will make him value the presence of his wife. Nietzsche writes: “What does not kill you only makes you stronger.”

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