Man and Woman are only transitory stages, mere subjects who have become suppressed by the acceptance of their own limitations. The question which is of utmost importance however is: How does one become the ubermensch or the uberfrau? How does one break free from one’s current limitations and take such divine coordination of their own lives and the world around them that they overcome their primitivity?
There has been far too much misinterpretation of Nietzsche, so much that in fact I have become so frustrated that I have been compelled to write this to vent my frustrations out. So, to define the ubermnesch is a very simple task indeed. The genius of Nietzsche is that his philosophy is so complex that it is easy to understand(far more than most would believe).
First, man and woman must push themselves into a consistent and constant state of self-overcoming. There are no limits set upon the “overman” or “overwoman” because they do not believe there are any limitations. For instance, the most mundane example would be that on this exam I achieve 95%, well on the next I will try and get 96%. The point is to self overcome oneself, simply based on individual expectations, and not on those of general society.
Second, morality should be in entirety based on the individual. Thus the over-man and overwoman know it is wrong to steal, kill and commit crime not because it is wrong in society, but because they know it themselves that it is wrong. This is where Nietzsche is misinterpreted quite a lot. In other words, I will not steal because I know I will go to jail and because it is deplored. NO those are not the reasons why I will not steal- rather the reason is because I KNOW it is wrong. Thus morality is based on the individual as a whole.
HOWEVER, the real ubermnsech does not commit crime, steal or kill, if one who does and finds his/her defence in Nietzsche’s philosophy than they are not the real ubermensnch or uberfrau. They are parasites. Just because the ubermensch does not base his morality off social and cultural trend does not mean that he must perform evil. Yet, if that is the case is the ubermensch an egotistical fabrication?
No. The ubermnesch is so dedicated to bettering himself that he will in turn better society as a whole. When the body heals, this is done at the molecular level with each cell bettering/healing itself. Why can’t this be applied to society? If each women and men take it up to better their own lives and condition through self-overcoming, won’t society become better? You might ask the question: wait, doesn’t that mean that ever person would be selfish, egotistical and inherently after his own skin?
Again, the answer to this is no. The reason for this is because If I make it my purpose to become a better person, through self-overcoming that ultimately means that the manner in which I conduct myself will also change for the better. It is in the interest of the ubermensh to overcome social anxiety and arrogance.If he or she actually does overcome these problems, and treats his.her fellow human being better- he/she has than overcome herself socially.
What am I talking about?
Do you know how we will take this next step in our evolutionary narrative? We put aside immaturity and we make it our business to better ourselves. If this means learning how to be well spoken, bettering our social situation or even something as simple as educating ourselves through a book. the process of self-overcoming can only be achieved through the individual. Why?
Well countless times have governments and groups have tried to better men and women through societal changes in mass. This has not worked out- that is because change must be pushed through the individual rather than through the masses. There is a reason why the masses are said to think like sheep, yet the individual is considered more intelligent on his/her own. Yet, sure this cannot occur on an equal level.
Well of course it cannot. Yet, the process of bettering one self is indeed universal. It is something that everyone can aspire to. If I am a professor, I will better myself by making sure I educated more people more profoundly. If I am a farmer I will make sure that this yield of tomatoes will be more abundant and better. It is essentially through work that we make our lives better.
Do you know that the ubermensch is something truly attainable? It is not just an Utopian ideal that or some prolonged mental masturbation(I do not care how vulgar my language is) The ubermensch and uberfrau are exactly opposite of the parasite. What is the parasite? Man and Woman are parasite. A parasite are simply their own weaknesses and their own limitations. These limitations of course are only to be measure to each to his-her own.
Just because I am disabled or in wheechair it does not mean I cannot become the ubermnesch Quite the contrary! You will become more than the over-man because your obstacles would be that much larger to overcome!
We are all parasites, because we are sheeple- mere cattle until we break free from these bonds and walk into the fold of the overman. The same fold which will also herald an new hope for human nature. The ubermensch is not only attainable,but it is by right the next step in our evolutionary process.
In order to break free from the grasp of our own delusions of pettiness or granduer we must overcome them. Yet, beware! The road to such places demand humility. The overman and overwoman is espoused in humility, integrity. He or she does not place himself/herself over everyone else( in their own minds) above others. They do not act arrogant, because they do not need to.
Published in The Art of Polemics, Issue 1, on June 18th, 2014.