Nietzsche (1844-1900 A.D.)
Richard E. Noble
Frederick Nietzsche is the only so called philosopher whom I have delved into so far that I can sum up in one word ... MAD.
Little, puny, sickly, hate-filled Freddie didn't have to fall on his head, as his father had, in order to go completely berserk. Freddie did it all on his own. The last ten years of his life were spent in the nut house, a situation on which his poor mother commented something to the effect, "It is so nice to have my little baby back once again."
When I first began perusing Nietzsche, I realized very quickly that I had already done all of this. I had already read Adolf Hitler and Nietzsche's modern day, theoretical little step daughter Ayn Rand.
Nietzsche actually says that there will come a time in the future when the world will no longer be divided into B.C. and A.D. but B.N. and A.N., before and after Nietzsche.
There is also the theory that little Freddie was suffering from either congenital or acquired syphilis. There exists the same theory as regards to Adolf Hitler. I have heard no such rumors as with regards to little Ayn, but I'm sure they are in the making.
It seems that little Freddie actually considered himself THE anti-Christ, whatever that is.
Freddie was the son of a preacher man, and a devout Christian mother. Everybody in the family loved Freddie but little Freddie himself.
I am convinced that one hour of reading our man Frederick could turn even the most devoted atheist to seek God, and redemption.
Freddie is the man who announced in his Thus Spake Zarathustra that, "God Is Dead!" in case you have always wondered who mouthed that one.
Need I tell you that our man B.N./A.N. had a little problem with suicide? He has confessed, himself, to the notion of putting a revolver to his head. Boy, if only he had some of that "Superman" strength that he told us so much about, and had the courage to pull the damn trigger.
There is also a legitimate theory that the entire German nation may be subject to lunacy. Ger-mania - Ger meaning war ... mania meaning crazed or insane behavior. This might well be the subject of a serious psychological investigation. We could then follow up this study on the basic tendency of Mankind, in general, towards self abuse and personal destruction. I'll leave such an investigation to a more dedicated and younger investigator. Good luck, who ever you are.