Twilight Of The Idols

This one was a struggle for me to get through. A lot of the text seemed disorganized, vague, and sometimes even random. Although some of this confusion was likely due to the many historical and philosophical references made that I had difficulty understanding despite the footnotes, which a reader of Nietzsche’s time would probably grasp more easily. Part of me was pleased by the short length of the book, as I like to consider myself capable of keeping up with a dense text. However, I also found that the book was in some parts lacking in adequate examples or elaborations, especially considering some of the provocative statements Nietzsche makes in it. Overall, Twilight Of The Idols was a nearly overwhelmingly fast paced, assertive read. Nonetheless, I think Nietzsche makes some compelling, albeit pessimistic observations on contemporary humanity in it. He makes an interesting assertion that current society has replaced the organic behaviour and ‘natural’ morality of man with morality which is softer, weaker, and probably more submissive. I may be wrong, but in turn it seems that Nietzsche tries to point out that such a society is also stiflingly obsessed with fairness and equality, which aren’t virtues that he seems to support himself . As well, his opinion on freedom is conveyed as equally problematic, as he considers it to be something that is perhaps blindly preached out of paranoia and fear of authority. With all this in mind, adding as well that the philosopher embraces struggle, I have to wonder what Nietzsche’s ideal government/society would look like. Would it even be possible to maintain a society under the more hardened moral code alluded to? If so, I am still trying to think of how it would be at all pleasant.


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