Wednesday, April 8, 2020

On Nietzsche's Last Man

“What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.”— Nietzsche's aphorism is irrelevant in our time because becoming stronger is not a priority for the modern man. A concrete realization of the idea of “the last man,” which Nietzsche introduces in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the modern man is a complacent, unthinking, and effete bourgeois. He is a perfectly happy couch potato. He aspires to be pampered and protected. He takes no risks and has no passion to grapple with life’s problems. He stands at the end of the continual cycle of regeneration.

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