One that transcends;
We are all beings who would never reach the point of complacence, and we long to be something that devours all demarcations that exist between us. We long to be something more than we could be, we long to be an independent, unrestrained being. Most of the times we find ourselves wanting to reach an imperishable proficiency, and when we discover that we can’t reach it, we would feel inferior as the outcome. It could be linked to Alfred Adler’s thought regarding individual psychology that tells about the spectrum between superiority and inferiority complex, which can be found on his work, Understanding Human Nature (1927). In the Adlerian psychology, superiority complex relates to the stalwart, exaggerated feeling of wanting to strive for superiority, in which the person who bears superiority complex would end up disparaging their surroundings as a defense mechanism. And inferiority complex is otherwise, feeling as if the whole world is a more exalted being than those who bear the inferiority complex. The longing to be an unconquerable human being may lead to both inferiority and superiority; inferior feeling when we fail to reach the goal to be unconquerable, and superior feeling when we let the goal itself permeate ourselves.
What most people need is the privilege to be independent and fetterless, without boundaries. The concept of transcendentalism, an American movement that emerged in the 1820–30s that people should be truly self-reliant and not bridled under any fundamentally organised religious nor political views in order to live their life unmitigatedly, is the concept that aspires people to blatantly show their desire to be independent. In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s speech that he contributed to Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Scholar (1837), it was written that “We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds… A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.” — we ought to be thoroughly independent, just with the force of nature. He also believed that there is a divine being amongst all of us, which denotes that we possess our own free will that we could break barriers of life that the organised ideologies and societies set to us. We are at our best when we are on our own, with no incarcerations from any dogmatic view that doctrines us.
To be independent, people need to possess self-mastery and self-overcoming. One of the most renowned ideas regarding self-mastery is Nietzsche’s Übermensch, which translates as Overman. The idea of Overman was first introduced on his 1883 book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and on the prologue, he intimated the core elucidation of it. “The Übermensch shall be the meaning of the earth! I entreat you my brethren, remain true to the earth, and do not believe those who speak to you of supra-terrestrial hopes! Behold, I teach you the Übermensch: he is this lightning, he is this madness! Behold, I am a prophet of the lightning and a heavy drop from the cloud: but this lightning is called Übermensch.” Being the Overman is said to be the initial goal for the sake of humanity, for the only way to possess complete self-mastery is to be the Overman. The Overman is an entity that thoroughly masters self-overcoming, that the Overman lives in contentment and willingly accepts the struggles that the world proffer, which most human beings can hardly do. Continence and good consciousness is something that a man would need in order to be something they long to be, yet unfortunately those are also the hardest things a man can obtain. It also relates to our reaction towards times when we’re in the state of desperation or katzenjammer; about the fact that a being with high immensity of self-overcoming would go through depressive phases steadily under the force of acceptance.
We have two kinds of will of power, which are outward that revolves around controlling our surroundings’ mindsets and deeds, and inward, that revolves around controlling our own mindsets and deeds. Shifting or will of power from outward to inward is the initial process of self-mastery, that we start revolutions from the inside of our heads. Unconquerable beings live in contentment and acceptance, as it lets us to be independent, and therefore we could break the barriers and standards that our surroundings set on us.