Nietzsche is Dead
The famous German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche’s pronouncement of God’s death, became all the more ironic after his own death. Not because some people believe that “God” may have had the last word on the subject, but because of how posthumously distorted his own words became as well – by anyone wishing to create self-aggrandizing mythology akin to dogmatic religious doctrine. From first year college students to Nazi Monsters, Nietzsche has been largely misquoted as a misinterpreted megalomaniac, when in fact he was simply a pragmatic Humanist who seemed to put forward that Mankind’s forced ‘God Complex’ would eventually create some rather unsettling scenarios for us to collectively contend with as a result of our lofty delusions…Namely the delusional subjugation of Nature by the few, and the Ecological aftermath that everyone else becomes responsible for by default.
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
—Nietzsche, The Gay Science
So in today’s jaded, cynical and increasingly godless world, who among us should dare seize the reigns once held by the higher powers and cultural icons of past generations? Surely we can’t yet presume that Individualism could triumph over collective will, and yet still serve a greater good. The Mainstream Media and Government already have credibility issues, and Corporate Sustainability is still more of a business theory, than a socially acceptable standard. As such, where do we turn for infallible moral authority, and ethical benevolence on behalf of the well-washed and largely overfed masses? Who do we grant the unbiased ability to distinguish between right and wrong…Especially now when we see the destructive effects of unfettered Consumption on our natural Environment, and realize that the commercialized Egotism that drives such destructive economies continues on, largely unabated?
Nature Abhors a Vacuum
In this rudderless morass, perhaps the decentralized powers and pronouncements of the so-called Green Movement might turn out to represent the only unassailable bastions of social ethics and collective Consumer morality that can be qualified for further consideration…At least until our other social institutions can evolve to a higher level of authentic credibility on the issues that threaten to impact our entire World Ecology!
Could this be one of the “festivals of atonement and sacred games” that Nietzsche foretold of in his misquoted pronouncements ?
What evidence is there that we may already have inadvertently elevated Environmentalists to be the stewards of our planet on our behalf? Have people been subconsciously granting such authority by default? Or at least until we can determine how to take a more personally active role in our social fabric ourselves, via a more participatory Democracy, or at least more personally responsive version of Free Market Consumption?
If we could take a moment to consider this rhetorical quandary, perhaps we can also emulate Nietzsche’s outspoken bravado, and consider the risks of granting such absolute authority to such organizations. Not based solely on the pragmatic value of any presented solutions, or an alternative vision with demonstrated merits, but rather out of an admiration of the entertainment and shock value of the Green Movement’s public relations prowess…Which more often than not is also simply leveraging our fears of greater unknowns to gain greater power…