This statement was written on a mans shirt as he walked a passed me at the shopping center it left me to be honest shocked. I had never witnessed such a profound statement which through the past couple of days has left me in deep thought.
As a person that is familiar only by name the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche whose famous testimony was God is Dead was something that as a 13-year-old that was inquisitive did not ponder on for long so now as a 16-year-old it hit me like bricks. furthermore, as I continued to do my research I realised that the meaning of the phrase is often obscured— alot of people have taken that Nietzsche believed in a literal death or end of God like how I perceived the statement meant Instead, he draws attention to the western world’s reliance on religion as a moral compass and source of meaning. As he explains in The Gay Science (Section 125, The Madman):
“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’s basically draws attention to the decline of religion and with that the rise of Atheism which has resulted in the vacancy of higher moral commandments and thus resulting in a chaotic world . Nietzsche continues to write about the Western world and the dependency on the rule of god which it has for thousands of years which basically gave society order and a sense of purpose. Without it, Nietzsche writes, society will move into an age of nihilism. Although Nietzsche may have been considered a nihilist by definition, he was critical of it and warned that accepting nihilism would be dangerous.
my personal view is one were I do believe in a God but, just like Nietzsche I have the same worries and so do most people my curiosity has led me in unpleasant social situations but in this case a philosopher whom I personally thought was insane had actually had concern that are warranted for us all and in some cases his actual words are not heard because of this profound statement. so let us all in our lives and in our studies try to be more inquisitive even if you believe God is dead or if he is alive is your personal opinion.