Photo of Friedrich Nietzsche

Who is Nietzsche? The Slayer of Their (Not-So) Common Humanity

I don’t believe Nietzsche’s work is most charitably read as anti-love, or anti-compassion, or anti-empathy.

To me, he reads as a remorseless and relentless critic of sentimentalism and the spirit of humanitarianism.

His critiques of Christianity and of ethics were one-sided, but always with a strong element or kernel of truth.

Max Scheler was right; what Nietzsche condemns in Christianity is more representative of the humanitarian spirit with which much of true Christianity (and other faiths and worldviews) have become contaminated.

Always remember to love human individuals, and them alone.

Do this, and you will not go far wrong.

Leave all the other abstract and sentimental fetishes and idols alone.

Just as Theresa May said a citizen of the world is a citizen of nowhere, so also is a lover of humanity a lover of nobody in particular.

Portrait of Maximilien de Robespierre (1758–1794)

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