Nietzsche Dionysis Essay

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What method does Nietzsche use to become the Dionysian Overman? What perspective on life does the Overman adopt? How does it enable “amor fati” and express optimum Yes-saying to our present natural life in the world? How does this overcome “slave morality or religion”? Nietzsche uses acceptance of fate, its obstacles, adversity and also its divinity to become the Dionysian Overman. He believes by affirming life in both its cruelty and beauty that we can achieve joy in the present without the need for beliefs in an afterlife or future existences. Nietzsche states the Overman holds a love for natural life, with no grudges or sense of resentment whilst others hold spitefulness despite their religious beliefs and hence they cannot enjoy life…show more content…
This is because, “The child is innocen[t]…a new beginning… the spirit now wills its own will, the spirit sundered from the world now wins its own world...” (Hollingdale trans., Penguin, pg 55.) Now with a mindset free from societal pressure and preconceived ideals one may become overman and go forth with a joyful perspective on life. The Overman adopts the perspective that beauty, cruelty, happiness and sadness despite their definitional differences are to be appreciated all the same. He explains that it is the obstacles in life that spurn the greatest happiness, it is explained in this Chinese Proverb: The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. Nietzsche believes that as “there is no adversity in Heaven there can be no such beautiful flowers blooming there” (PHIL1087 #4) and hence no chance for courage, generosity and personal growth. There is hence no chance to adopt a Dionysian perspective and be at one with all of what is natural, to thence be able to find true Dionysian virtue. This virtue lies in the acceptance of all that is pleasurable and painful. It then brings happiness as Nietzsche argues that “vice sprouts from disaffection…resentment, spite, from the…lack of inner power and its joy”. As the Overman can hold no sense of resentment, or grudge and through metamorphosis has a strong sense of

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