In Beyond Good and Evil Allama Friedrich Nietzsche discusses the theory of the “will to truth.” The Allama argues that to learn the truth, a human being must question everything. And that is ‘Everything’ we have ever heard, learned, observed must be questioned within. And nothing must be free from this ruthless self-interrogation, including self-perception, societal teachings, and religion. Allama Nietzsche proposes that we all have the capability to do this, but most do not because we lack the ambition to dig and question and fear being seen as different from society and its herd – mentality.
The following five sentences I think sums up most of this great book:
- To learn the truth, question everything. And that is everything you have ever heard, learned or observed.
- If you have no desire to delve into the deepest areas of your mind to find the truth you betray this gift of life and betray only your self.
- Fools are those that refuse to learn from history. Your upbringing is no excuse for not pursuing, using and evolving your intelligence.
- Look beyond simple faith, do not sacrifice your own truth. Blind faith in anything is the enemy of truth.
- If you are unwilling to question or cast off the traditions of what you have learned from your friends, gangs, parents, culture and society you will remain stunted.
Friedrich Nietzsche was a philosopher, poet, cultural critic, and philologist. At twenty-four years, he became the youngest-ever Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869.
Ten years later, he was forced to resign due to illness, and he died eleven years after that, in 1900. He was prone to illness since his youth, and suffered severe migraines, near blindness, and violent indigestion issues.
In 1889, he experienced a mental breakdown after reportedly trying to save a horse from being flogged.
Nietzsche’s primary influences were the Ancient Greek philosophers, including but not limited to Plato and Heraclitus. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevksy were among other writers he admired and read.
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