Day 288 — Friedrich Nietzsche

“God is dead” is one of the most memorable quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche i— and it’s one that might lead to misinterpretation of his overall philosophy. In The Gay Science, he proposes that there is no rational basis for belief in a deity, and that traditions, institutions and worship has been challenged by developments in science and society.

However, he admits that the staying power of religion persists and that there are many that are not reflecting on the philosophical implication of a godless world, and that new values and meaning to life will have to be ascertained. As described by Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra, this future for humanity will create new opportunities and challenges, which should be embraced, rather than turning back to be a part of the ‘herd’ of superstitions.

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