Nietzsche's Loss Of The Power Of God

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“God is dead.” This is perhaps one of the most famous quotes in the history of philosophy. It has been subject to many interpretations and in this essay, one of these interpretations is going to be explored. “God is dead” means that the source of man’s guidance through life, which is “God,” has lost its power. This loss of power of “God” will impact society from its foundation to its apex. This is because as the old structure, which is dependent on “God” collapses, what will fill the void left by Santa Claus? What is man supposed to do then, other than following a moral code that has been the norm for ages? What will fill that void? All of these are questions that arise out of the fear of the void left by God upon the heart of man. Must man then become…show more content…
As it seems, humans will always need something to follow that is outside of themselves. From the Nietzschean point of view, instead of looking outward for guidance, we must look inward and become the driving force of our lives through lived experience and this is what makes Nietzsche an existentialist.
"What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism. . . . For some time now our whole European culture has been moving as toward a catastrophe." This quote is projecting the consequences of “God’s” death and not long after Nietzsche’s time, what he predicted had come to pass. Furthermore, The “Death of God” has two possible implications. In the short run, the consequences will not be pleasant, but in the long term, they will be. The projected short-term implication of this is the rise of Nihilism. Described as ambiguous by Nietzsche, nihilism is an outlook on life that sees life as meaningless. The problem with nihilism is that it still relies on the void left by the external source of direction even though the idea of “God” that once governed it is dead. For this reason, nihilism is ambiguous because
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