Nietzsche & Kierkegaard
The philosophers Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, both from the 19th century, where great philosophers, but were very different. They came from similar backgrounds. Nietzsche was from a Christian home and his father was a devout Lutheran preacher who died when Nietzsche was nearly 5. His father died of a brain disease; Nietzsche had a hard time coping that a loving God would let his father go through this. Kierkegaard was also raised in a Christian home even though his father was not a pastor he still helped his son strive for righteousness. These backgrounds turned out two very different individuals. Nietzsche left the faith, but Kierkegaard stayed true to it.
Nietzsche left his school of theology and he became an atheist and pursued philosophy for his desire for answers. He comes to the statement that God is dead and we have killed him. This is compelling because he was trying to show society that they were expelling God from their culture. Kierkegaard went into education studying theology at the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his degree. Kierkegaard also came to the similar conclusion that society was starting to be vague with God and that very few people were truly Christians.
Nietzsche had a long tiresome and weary life full of despair and hope for discovery with out God. Kierkegaard also notices some melancholy tendencies in his life, and studies forms of despair and how that could keep a man from God. He unravels the philosophical thoughts that could block individuals from God. They were despair, anxiety, and boredom. Nietzsche’s philosophy is that the key to man’s happiness and morals is the pursuit of power. This is an important realization. Man does enjoy activities in which they display power and influence. He was onto something, besides the notion of him stating that it is weak to have grace and mercy and that the church’s ideals are flawed since they desire to save and protect the weak.
I’m pretty sure I heard the same philosophical argument when Megatron was trying to get Optimus Prime to stop protecting humanity. Overall though I find these two men to be great thinkers and both are influencing the philosophical and theological theaters today.
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