July 25th, 2012The Spawn of Nietzscheby Kevin O'Brien | http://www.thewordinc.org

OK, I can understand young girls getting a secret thrill out of Ayn Rand - Rand's novels are Hallmark Movies on steroids, where the shirtless heroes are selfish geniuses who take what they want when they want it and ride off into the sunset on some powerful and muscular horse, snorting along the way (the horse, not the hero).  And girls have always liked Bad Boys.

But why would young guys get into this stuff?

Well, young guys don't typically get into Ayn Rand, but it seems lots of American Kids are Hitler Youth - devotees of little  Freddie Nietzsche.  The syphillitic Nietzsche and his charming witticisms can be seen here ...

I would just like to point out that's me doing the acting, not my moustache.

At any rate, this particular video gets a ton of comments on YouTube, almost all of them from college boys who have never read Nietzsche, but who hear rumors that Nietzsche said that God is dead and that you can do whatever you want, and the more of a selfish jerk you are, the more your morality is that of the Superman.?

This is a very attractive philosophy to college boys, who are selfish jerks to begin with, and who really need to feel that their desire to dominate and not-give-a-fig is justified by philosophy - even if it's the philosophy of Hitler and Rand. So most of the comments on this video sound like this (I am copying and pasting the following verbatim) ...

Interesting how -in the description fo this video- they add "syphilitic" when Nietzsche's name appears. Just like saying: look where that thought will lead you.. so don't pay attention to it. Big balls are needed to go deep in Nietzsche's rational work, which goes beyond the control of the? ego, that ego that has been represented by GOD or moral consciousness. ¿And what is left beyond these two concepts we do not know and can only imagine? The unique answer relies in the depths of each of us.

- So writes someone who calls himself "McBrave15".  I believe the "15" part. 

And I wonder if, between video games, this young man returns to the thrilling intellectual challenge of discovering what is left beyond those two concepts that we do not know and can only imagine.  ¿What could it be I wonder? I am certain at least that the unique answer does indeed rely in the depths of each of us. All those movies about the Force and all that tell me so.

At any rate, it takes some Big McBalls to go deep in Nietzsche's rational work, which goes beyond the control of the ego, but you can do it with very little McBrains.

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  • July 25 2012 | by James Morris

    A few thoughts;

    God he was horrible.

    And Wells and Shaw both swallowed it. Chesterton must have despaired when he saw them both taking him up.

    Is there a link to Buddhism? In the turning away from suffering I mean.

    I mean there are good Buddhist people treating of the poor and sick of course. But I believe the impulse that came from the arirstocratic Siddhattha Gotama was initially a distate for the weak, for the suffering.

    The supidity of the philosophy (from GKC this) is in the title- 'The Triumph of Will over Reason' . If you are just Will then you are paralysed.

    The biggest influence of Nazism I believe.

    He has a lot to answer for.