Proclaiming #8 – Sticking it to Nietzsche
by MW Cook
What is more harmful than any vice? – Active sympathy for the ill-constituted and weak – Christianity …
Thus wrote Friedrich Nietzsche the in 1888; the year before he went insane. His influence on Western society is, I think, not really understood. Many of the bumper-sticker doctrines that form the foundation for our culture can be traced back to his writings. Here’s a list of some of them:
There’s really no need to try to prove that these ideas are part of our culture. We all know and feel it. And just because Nietzsche said it, doesn’t make it bad.
But there is another piece of advice that he gave that the church took far to seriously: The idea that helping the poor, weak and helpless is evil.
How many times have we heard the same excuses?
“You can’t help all of them.”
“If I help them they’ll just use it to hurt themselves.”
“They don’t deserve it.”
“I have my own problems.”
“They got themselves into this mess, let them get out of it.”
“If a man doesn’t work, he shouldn’t eat.”
This sort of thinking is only logically possible if we concede that humans are nothing more than smart animals. If we are animals then our survival is based only on our fitness and we are at competition with all the other members of our species. We are then well within our rights to bite and claw to survive and become our own Übermensch. When we refuse to help the poor, weak and helpless we are declaring that we are nothing more than products of evolution.
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