BOOK OF THE DAY:
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is Friedrich Nietzsche’s masterpiece, in other words it is his baby. He has called this philosophical piece “the deepest book ever written.” Although a grandiose statement, he may not too far off, Thus Spoke Zarathustra flirts with the entanglement of the beauty between Western philosophy and poetry.
Zarathustra, the fictional character Nietzsche has created is his outlet in exploring dangerous philosophical topics, such as the “death of God.” Zarathustra has abandoned his solitude in the mountains to enlighten the world about his epiphany, the possible divinity of humanity as God’s successor, the Ubermensch. The Ubermensch is superman, an overman; he is the ultimate goal for humanity. The Ubermensch is the the answer for the death of God and the creation of new values.
One of the most interesting concepts in Nietzsche’s philosophical approach is his nihilist diagnosis and contradiction of it. He constantly speaks of angels and other mystical creatures. Perhaps Zarathustra’s idea of the Ubermensch is merely wishful thinking.
Written in four parts, Thus Spoke Zarathustra had little recognition in Nietzsche’s lifetime, but it has become a staple in Western philosophy and literature. Written in narrative prose, Nietzsche’s philosophy is overwhelmingly attractive.
We recommend you hold off in reading this novel until later in life. It is exasperatingly beautiful and thought-provoking. It is also a humbling read, but an unforgettable one.
Read excerpts from the novel here!