"O sancta simplicitas! (sacred simplicity) In what strange simplification and falsification man lives! . How we have made everything around us clear and free and easy and simple! How we have been able to give our senses a passport to everything superficial, our thoughts a divine desire for wanton leaps and wrong inferences!- (Aphorism 24).
Friedrich Nietzsche was, and still is, one of the most controversial philosophers of all time. I believe that Nietzsche's grapple with the concepts he tries to make sense of, lead to his eventual insanity. "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you- (aphorism 146). Nietzsche spent his whole life trying to make sense of existence, attempting to label and give value (or lack thereof) to every aspect of life as all philosophers do. Nietzsche, however, took the opposite approach to this impossible task. Nietzsche gave no value to anything. Aristotle was all about finding happiness. Kant taught of the Universal Imperative. Nietzsche basically told the whole world to screw off. I could easily turn this into a 20-page paper if I went into depth on all his views, so I will lightly touch on his biggest points. The world according to Nietzsche is rather pointless, we just wander around this planet bumping into each other and having meaningless conversation. "Even the body within which individuals treat each other as equals, as suggested before "and this happens in every healthy aristocracy "if it is a living and not a dying body, has to do to other bodies what the individuals within it refrain from doing to each other: it will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow spread, seize, become predominant "not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and life is simply will to power- (aphorism 259).