Let’s start with how you say the guy’s name shall we? You can pronounce “Nietzsche” either “knee-chee” or “knee-cha.” (I prefer the latter… sounds cooler, don’t you think? ;)
With that behind us, be warned: the man, as they say, delivers his philosophy with a hammer. As Walter Kaufmann brilliantly articulates in the foreword, Nietzsche “is a dedicated enemy of all convention, intent on exposing the stupidity and arbitrariness of custom.”
In , we meet the enlightened hero, Zarathustra, who has come down from the mountaintop to deliver a series of scathing rants on everything from his famous proclamation that ‘God is dead!’ to admonitions to forget loving thy neighbor and instead learn to love the farthest.
It’s written in a mock-Biblical style and features Nietzsche’s undying commitment to our potential. If you’re new to Nietzsche and thinking about reading the book, you’ll definitely want a quiet space to read but don’t be intimidated. Once you get into it, it flows. For now, let’s jump in to one of my favorite classics. I think you’ll dig the incredible Big Ideas I mined for us. :)
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