Let's talk about Friedrich Nietzsche. He’s a German Philosopher who died in 1900 and was well known for his publications “God is Dead,” and “The Will to Power.” For my story, the topics of God, reincarnation, and the power of the will of one’s self is a huge aspect for a lot of the plot.
From my understanding, the topic about “God is dead” suggests that the loss of God would lead to the loss of any universal perspective on things, and with it any sense of objective truth. This leads to Nihilism, which is the belief that nothing has any importance and that life lacks purpose. He also states that the Christian moral doctrine provides people with intrinsic value, which can be regarded to having an end or end-in-itself, belief in God (which justifies the evil in the world) and neutrality.
Here’s a better understanding, a Nihilist is a man who judges that the real world should not be, and the world as it should do not exist. According to this view, our existence has no meaning. Learning this, I can make some of my characters who’s seeking purpose in their life interesting by committing something terrible or being traumatized by something horrible in the past. And by dealing with these issues, along with their journey, they find purpose in their lives of making a difference.
Something I learned by researching how to make a story interesting is the concept of making your character's arc throughout the story compelling. So these characters must have a "past" that is hurting them in the present, which drives them through a journey to find their purpose, their desire. By using Friedrich's "God is Dead" concept, it's helping me to create interesting characters since the main theme is about our existence with a huge emphasis on faith/religion.
Another interesting topic that captured my interest for my story is “The Will to Power.” From my understanding, it's the human behavior that Nietzsche believed to be the main driving force in humans. Such forces can be the achievement, ambition, and the strive to be in the highest state in life.
The last topic that interests me is his hypothetical concept that we reincarnate in life in a self-similar form for an infinite number of times across infinite time or space. He calls this the “Eternal Return.” Some of the characters in my story will have this recurrence of time that will play a major role in the future setting of their future self.
What do you guys think of his philosophies and hypothetical concepts? I find his stuff very inspiring.
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