Nietzsche and the Ubermensch


 

Ubermensch; the pinnacle, the ultimate human being; “Beyond-Man”, “Superman”, “Overman”.   Nietzsche was the one to introduce this concept.  The Ubermensch is the one who is strong enough to master the whole spectrum of human potential.  It is a full human being.  It is the goal of humanity; it is what we are working toward.  Self-mastery is eternal; it applied then, in the whole of the past, and it applies now.  The ability of man to “go beyond”, is a hidden power.  We have evolved from animal to man, and now to beyond-human.  Look at art, and see that we have always had the ability to go beyond.  We are “grasping” (often collectively) that which cannot really be grasped.  Although we cannot speak of the truth or convey it, as it is beyond reason, beyond words, we can be it.  Humanity has always been working toward completion, and the Ubermensch is the apex.

 

I posit that the incarnation is the Ubermensch.  It is however neither here nor there, because what is most important are the qualities he possesses; the Ubermensch itself.  So, what is he like? A lover of life possibly.  A living artist.  One who can come to terms with life and death and everything in between.  Neitzsche relates the death of God to the Ubermench; one who creates new values in the absence of meaning.  The Ubermensch is a paradox, in that his nature does not come from the “other-worldliness” of the Christian savior but with the direct confrontation of life.  My idea is that his worldliness is what allows him to go beyond; transcendence by complete immersion within the grit of life.  A new man, with new values.  His values do not come from God, so he must create his own.  One who takes all worldly things into consideration.  A master of good and evil, to become an “artist-tyrant”.  Radical individualism.  Self-affirmation by placing all aspects of the individual to the forefront.  A bringing of God into this world by becoming a complete individual in all of its capacity.  If God incarnated, would His values be dictated by the Father or would He create His own?  The values of the Ubermensch would possibly perfectly align with what the creator intended, without meaning so.  A lover of all good things, and one who is capable of dealing with the “bad” by power of his will and strength of his being.  Non-rejection of suffering, facing everything head on.

 

We humans have been given the power, and the Ubermensch will exercise that power accordingly.  Wisdom of course.  A ‘right’ life, a ‘just’ life, a ‘wise’ life.  All things reserved for God, reserved for the Ubermensch.  Possibly the ushering of a new age, an age of the Ubermensch; that great project, great undertaking, that we all have been given; working on ourselves.  Completion of God’s Great Work, by a man who works on himself to an end close to perfection.  A grand display of what we are capable of.  He would be completely ordinary, yet also extraordinary.  He would find higher things, such as values, in the stuff of the world.  He would assert his absolute power as an individual, in the world.  Rising above and laughing in the face of suffering by transcending it; rising above mere human situation.  A bringer of light, a bringer of love; a bringer of meaning in this seemingly meaningless universe.  All good things are the reward for self-cultivation of all good things.  One needs not look further than the world to find heaven, it is before us.  Alchemy, a turning of dirt, dust, and grime into an angelic substance; the elements into something wholly beyond them; alchemy of man into angel, or perhaps, living god; ultimate perfection, incarnated.  Is the return of the Son the Ubermensch, the master of being?  We have yet to see that ideal realized, but it is surely out there, waiting to be manifested.  The perfection of God will bring into existence such a being; it is inevitable.  Life is not pure randomness; there is order, direction, and we are working toward something; that great human being that finally ‘gets it’, one who gathers, step by step, all things “worth it”, all things “good”, possibly through suffering; the suffering of metamorphosis and life situation; and finally exercises that power accordingly.

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