Monday, December 30, 2013

Did Friedrich Nietzsche Live A Rather Dull And Boring Life?

If – as a fan of Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda – you have harbored a preconceived notion that Friedrich Nietzsche was a thrill-seeker ahead of his time, but did Nietzsche lived a rather dull and boring life?

By: Ringo Bones

Maybe blame should be placed at that allegedly historically accurate biopic of Friedrich Nietzsche titled: “When Nietzsche Wept” that stars Armand Assante as Friedrich Nietzsche as a “melancholic” – as in someone who suffers from clinical depression - guy always checking himself into the nearest mental asylums whenever he feels blue. Sadly, this supposedly historically accurate version of Nietzsche seems to be largely ignored by a very large majority of today’s science fiction fans, especially fans of Gene Roddenberry But are ignoring this model of a “bland and boring Friedrich Nietzsche” at our own intellectual peril?

Fans of Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda had always harbored this preconceived notion that Friedrich Nietzsche was an avid thrill-seeker way ahead of his time and very much into the extreme sports of his day as based on how the Nietzscheans in the sci-fi TV series so often much behaved. But for better or for worse, are our intellectual selves be better off with a bland and boring version of Friedrich Nietzsche whose existentialist insights is probably the most “thrilling” aspect of the famed philosopher’s life?

1 comment:

  1. Nietzsche, in Sect. 10 of Beyond Good and Evil, calls nihilism a type of fatalism. Gene's race matches this attitude that the only certain thing in life is that there will be death. And as any fatalist that believes in this "religion," one should welcome death. Seeking death is only exciting for the person that jumps out of the plane or some other rash and dangerous activity. I wonder if Nietzche would have ever done anything dangerous like that to conquer his depression.