Philosophers Quotes – Friedrich Nietzsche

“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

We are all individuals and everyone of us has a different background, culture, education or upbringing. Because of those differences, we all see the world ina diverse way, our way. Each one of us has a couple of valid arguments to say their way is the right way, but every way also has its flaws. The right way to achieve a certain goal simply does not exist, because everything is subjective. Democracy has tried, with ups and downs, to give a voice to the majority of the population whilst still considering and respecting the minority’s view on things.

For example, if we would all agree that fossil fuel is causing global warming, which is unfortunately not the case, then there would be a huge discussion between nations on how to tackle this problem. Every country would have their own way on how to deal with this as every state has a different culture, industry or economy. That is why the negotiations at the Climate Summits take so long. Everyone has a right way for themselves, but that is not necessarily the right way for others. China and the Seychelles would be miles apart in their way. Although it is extremely difficult at times, we have to live together and try to understand each other’s motives so that we can find a middle ground.

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Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher who lived during the 19th century. His most famous work was Thus Spoke Zarathustra in which the death of God is being discussed. He considered the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza as his precursor. Nietzsche was a well-respected philosopher, but unfortunately, his work has often been associated with the ideas of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. The Nazis were quite selective in using his concept of the Übermensch.

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2 thoughts on “Philosophers Quotes – Friedrich Nietzsche

  1. Nietzsche’s sister was responsible for promoting his work in a facist light after he died in 1900. Although his ‘will to power’ is often seized upon by dictators perhaps a better intepretation is ‘power over oneself.’ He was a chid of his time and with Hegel and Darwin at his elbow knew that humans were not a fixed static entity. We are capable of changing for the better; that meant not going along with the herd-instinct in Nietzsche’s view.

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