Nietzsche as Educator

Beginning Quote:
"You have your way. I have
my way. As for the right way ,
the correct way, and the only
way, it does not exist."

-Friedrich Nietzsche


It is amazing how the world around us shifts so quickly on a daily basis and as the current technology grows at an evermore blinding speed a multitude of responsibilities and havoc are heaped on each individual who wishes to participate in this existential abstract notion called life.


One of the most important lessons Nietzsche has bestowed on me when confronting life's complexities in all its splendor is to approach problem solving, struggling or even happiness from many different thought provoking angles.


Heraclitus (c.?600-?540 BC) once said that everything is is a state of flux, or change, and war and strife between opposites is the eternal condition of the universe. Nietzsche took that theory one step further and proclaimed that our mind and thought process is equally in flux and is eternally at war with cognitive opposites.


The lesson is simple: Physical + mental flux equals the ability to acquire knowledge and solve problems with alacrity. Nietzsche even brought to fruition, (decades before Isaiah Berlin), "The History of Ideas and Pluralism." If man continually occupies himself with new fresh ideas he will be able to escape the realm of complacency and intellectual sloth.


Bringing Nietzsche into the American zeitgeist is best expressed by journalist and author Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen: "In Nietzsche's dramatic life story American readers discovered an image of sovereign selfhood, which they worried was in short supply in an age increasingly dominated by political, social, and economic consolidation . Many American readers likened Nietzsche to the Ubermensch and in doing so found in both the life he lived and the life he theorized evidence of the promises and perils confronting the individual in an age of growing dislocation and anonymity associated with mass politics and mass markets. Intellectuals and middlebrow readers alike were drawn to Nietzsche's intellectual daring, his courage to refuse the comforts of social and institutional affiliation in order to live his life on his own terms, and his willingness to wager his health on achieving his celestial ambitions. And while many readers fearful that Christianity, mass culture, and democratic ideals had leveled vital hierarchies and expunged great human types, many found reassurance in a romantic image of Nietzsche that promised individual grandure might still be possible in the modern world." [The Journal of American History, Vol. 93 No. 3, Dec. 2006]


The recovery from chaos and adversity needs a sense of order. Order and chaos feed on each other to keep harmony, however sometimes mankind survives on its own lies to the point where a false truth emerges.


Nietzsche really understood that each following generation produces more and more cultural decay. The ultimate question is: " Can we recover from this erosion?"


End Quote:
" What can everyone do?
Praise and blame, this is human
virtue, this is human madness"

- Friedrich Nietzsche