I, Hunter Wallace, have come to teach you 3.0:
“WHEN Zarathustra was thirty years old, he left his home and the lake of his home, and went into the mountains. There he enjoyed his spirit and his solitude, and for ten years did not weary of it. But at last his heart changed, and rising one morning with the rosy dawn, he went before the sun, and spake thus unto it:
Thou great star! What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for whom thou shinest!
For ten years hast thou climbed hither unto my cave: thou wouldsthave wearied of thy light and of the journey, had it not been for me, mine eagle, and my serpent.
But we awaited thee every morning, took from thee thine overflow, and blessed thee for it.
Lo! I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee that hath gathered too much honey; I need hands outstretched to take it. …”
I’m joking, of course, but I have thought a lot about these issues for the past 18 years. Along the way, I thought through the problem of nihilism itself to become a Lutheran. Way back in 2002 or 2003, Nietzsche was my starting point and a major influence on shaping my thinking.
Nietzsche was right about a lot of things like perspectivism and how morality evolved across history, but was wrong about others. I think his rebellion against his Lutheran heritage was particularly misguided. Luther himself was right about the depths of human depravity and the need to keep it on a short leash. Northern Europe was a much healthier place when it was stridently Lutheran, but that was beginning to dissolve in Nietzsche’s time in the wake of the Enlightenment.
Look at Northern Germany and Scandinavia today. What a mess under atheism and liberalism. Literally the Last Man. Low energy. Lacks even the will to perpetuate the race. Content to be replaced by foreigners. As for the Germans, they still haven’t moved beyond Hitler. Is that their entire history?
Someone please make a meme for me. The Virgin Atheist vs. The Chad Lutheran.
Note: Famous German philosophers who were either Lutherans themselves or sprang from Lutheran families: Hegel, Kant and Nietzsche.