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smallest bit of weakness or morality, he would be killed by the strongerOverman, and taken over. Thus, the advancement of The Master Race (Nietzsche’s”Master Race” will be discussed later). “Not mankind, but superman is the goal. The very last thing a sensible man wouldundertake would be to improve mankind: mankind does not improve, it doesn’t even exist — it is an abstraction.” “… his superman as the individual rising precariously out of the mire of massmediocrity, and owing his existence more to deliberate breeding and careful nurture than tothe hazards of natural selection.”Master RaceNietzsche is often referred to as a pre-Nazi thinker, by his idealism of The Master Race. Hewas, in fact, a prime influence on the writing of Hitler’s highest men, and

quoted in Hitler’sspeeches. But, his writings were mostly taken out of context, because he was very openabout his distaste for “those anti-semites.” If one is able to come from a more intelligentplace, regarding the breeding of best-fit humans, Nietzsche was far beyond Hitler. Nietzsche understood the necessity for variation in a population, and especially was able toappreciate the contributions of other races and cultures. His ideal society would be a racethat included select bits from many races/cultures. The only culture that he seemed to havea special appreciation for were the Polish. He wrote, “The Poles, I consider the most giftedand gallant among Slavic people…” Still, he wrote about his value for the Jews, as responseto the growing anti-semite culture in

Germany during his time: “The whole problem of the Jews exists only in nation states, for here their energy and higher intelligence, their accumulated capital of spirit and will, gathered from generationto generation though a long schooling in suffering, must become so preponderant as toarouse mass envy and hatred. In almost all contemporary nations, therefore — in directproportion to the degree which they act up nationalistically — the literary obscenity ofleading the Jews to slaughter as scapegoats of every conceivable public and internalmisfortune is spreading. As soon as it is no longer a matter of preserving nations, but ofproducing the strongest possible Euro-Mixed race, the Jew is just as useful and desirable asingredient as any other national remnant.”War

MentalityNietzsche had an incredible infatuation with evil and violence. He did so much to find eviland cruelty in the world, that he seemed to have a sadistic pleasure in celebrating it; “man isthe cruelest animal,” he states in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In his book, Beyond Good andEvil, he really aims at changing the reader’s opinion as to what is good and what is evil, butprofesses, except at moments, to be raising what is “evil” and decrying what is “good.” It isnecessary for higher men to make war upon the masses, and resist the democratictendencies of the age, for in all directions mediocre people are joining hands to makethemselves masters. “Everything that pampers, that softens, and that brings the ‘people’ or’woman’ to the front, operates in favor

of universal suffrage — that is to say, the dominionof ‘inferior’ men.”Women & The FamilyThis brings us to Nietzsche’s view of women. At this point, I believe it’s important to noteNietzsche’s experience with women, because his writings about them seemed to beginclosely after being rejected by the only woman he admitted to love. She rejected him as heasked her hand in marriage. “Men shall be trained for war and woman for the recreation of the warrior. All elseis folly.” “The patriotic member of a militant society will look upon bravery and strength asthe highest virtues of a man; upon obedience as the highest virtue of the citizen; and uponsilent submission to multiple motherhood as the highest virtue of woman.” “Thou goest to woman? Do not forget thy

whip.”From Nietzsche’s experience with women, as author Betrand Russell said, “Nine out of tenwomen would get the whip away from him, and he knew it, so he kept away from women,and soothed his wounded vanity with unkind remarks.” Many of his comments towardwomen reflected what a lonely and unloved person he was. In some poems he wrote afterhis prospective wife left him, he wrote this lonely line: “I could sing a song, and I will sing it,although I am alone in an empty house and must sing it to mine own ears.” So, he addedappropriately to his beliefs the following:”How absurd it is, after all, to let higher individuals marry for love — heroes withservant girls and geniuses with seamstresses! When a man is in love he should not bepermitted to make decisions