1/29/2020

Paul Elmer More’s Nietzsche

"Only, perhaps, have certain individuals found real dignity in the Nietzschean ideal(s). The “true” philosopher, More argued, attempting to understand Nietzsche, is the “Superman, the Übermensche. He has passed beyond good and evil, and Nietzsche often describes him in language which implies the grossest immorality; but this is merely an iconoclast’s way of emphasizing the contrast between his perfect man and the old ideal of the saint, and it would be unfair to take these ebullitions of temper quite literally,” More claimed. “The image of the Superman is, in fact, left in the hazy uncertainty of the future.”
And this is all Nietzsche could give to mankind by his Will to Power and his Transvalution of Values: the will to endure the vision of endless, purposeless mutation; the courage to stand without shame, naked in a world of chance; the strength to accomplish—absolutely nothing. At times he proclaims his creed with an effrontery of joy over those who sink by the way and cry out for help. Other times pity for so hapless a humanity wells up in his heart despite himself; and more than once he admits that the last temptation of the Superman is sympathy for a race revolving blindly in this cycle of change. . . . The end of it all is the clamour of romantic egotism turned into horror at its own vacuity and of romantic sympathy turned into despair. It is naturalism at war with itself and struggling to escape from its own fatality."