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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Great Mind...Moustache too!

“There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche has to be one of my favourite philosophers of all time. He is brilliant, poetic and, in my opinion, very courageous. Now, while I do not claim to know everything there is to know about Nietzsche, I do know that He is worth knowing!

Friedrich was born in Germany, 1844. Living a short life, He died in 1900. Though His life was short, His thoughts, teachings and desire for wisdom remains ever present.   

I have gathered together thoughts (quite a few) that He has shared for us to partake in; to hear, ponder and act there upon. I will not share them all in this one post, for His words are far to great to have them suppressed in one mere reading. No, that would only quench the flame, suffocate the breath, and diminish the value of these precious treasures.

“One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” 

You may have heard of Him before. In fact, I would wager that, what you have heard of Him was the re-ittering of what was and possibly is the most misunderstood statements that Nietzsche ever made. You probably had someone tell you that this man made the claim, the audacious claim, that, "God is dead.". Perhaps you have even seen those bumper stickers on passing or parked vehicles that say,

'God is dead.'-  Nietzsche,
'Nietzsche is dead.' - God

While Friedrich did say it, most of us misunderstand it.

If you have heard of Him, do not be to quick to judge Him. If you have not, then I ask that you open your ears to hear and your eyes to see, prepare your heart, mind and soul for the wisdom of Friedrich Nietzsche.

I look forward to sharing more with you as well as learning with you, as we traverse this rich and dangerous landscape.

"All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down."