A main component of Friedrich Nietzsche’s thinking was the notion of a master-slave morality. He asserts that in society there are people with power, aka masters, and people without power, aka slaves. I think we can all agree with that idea. We may not agree with the terms, master and slave, but we agree that there are people with power and without it. He also asserts that masters make decisions that keep them in control, for they value strength and tradition. Slaves, on the other hand, value kindness and humility; but their morality is in a sense, a way to villainize their oppressor. They want to overthrow the oppressor, but they can’t. Nietzsche asserts that Christianity is a slave morality. He says these things in an effort to get beyond good and evil, to critique the foundational assumptions of morality.
So I wonder, was Nietzsche right about Christianity being a slave morality? Is the master-slave relationship between man and man, each having their own sets of morality? Or is there a sense in which there is God’s morality and our morality? Is God the master and we are the slaves? Does Christianity want to make all people slaves? Does Jesus? I don’t know. I just wonder. This is where I want to hear your feedback and your answers.
As for Nietzsche’s most famous phrase, “God is dead,” it has one wrong word—dead.
Note: This is a preliminary musing. I haven’t read all of Nietzsche’s work. I know there is still much to learn. I’m sure my interpretation of Nietzsche could be given more nuance as well. My purpose here is to have us think, “Is it possible to see truth in Nietzsche? Can we learn from him?”
Please offer challenges and critiques. Fill in the holes. Continue the discussion. If you need a good summary of his life and work, scan read this: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/nietzsche/