What do you guys think about the book Human All Too Human A book for free spirits?

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  • j153e
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    Nietzsche changed his style with this book, to aphorisms (like Georg Lichtenberg, whose writings Nietzsche greatly admired).  He reaches a third style in his Thus Spake Zarathustra.

    Nietzsche grew up enjoying being called "the Little Pastor" by his classmates--Nietzsche loved to give sermons to them based on his favorite Bible verses, like his pastor father, Carl.  When his beloved father unexpectedly passed on, Nietzsche became upset with God.  He first encountered Schopenhauer, and then Wagner, both serving as father-figures for the young Nietzsche.  By the time he penned Human All too Human, he was dissatisfied with both role models, and Human All too Human and its aphorism style show him thinking more for himself without guidance.  Then, in Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich puts on paper his own tough-love father-self model, named Zarathustra, indicating Nietzsche was even more coming into his own.

    Abraham Maslow's self-actualization research confirms Nietzsche's "make your own way" attitude:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_o...

    Nikolai Berdyaev, a well-liked Russian philosopher, contrasted Nietzsche's approach to self-actualization, which Berdyaev called the Man-God, with Nietzsche's friend Dostoevsky, who posited mankind could develop best as God-Man.  Nietzsche stated that he learned psychology mainly from Dostoevsky, whose book Notes from Underground is as distinct as Thus Spake Zarathustra.  Dostoevsky was in turn influenced by his close friend, the Russian mystic and philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, who wrote "Lectures on God-Manhood."

    Reading Human, All too Human, may be benefited by knowing some or all of the above background information.

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