'All gods are dead.
Now we want the Übermensch to live.'
What is the Nietzsche Self Help Experiment?
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most fascinating figures in history. There is almost no area of modern thought that does not bear the stamp of his influence. Almost everyone is familiar with a few Nietzschean maxims: 'Live dangerously' and 'What doesn't kill me makes me stronger', and how about 'Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.’
Nowhere are Nietzsche's maxims more commonly found than in the realm of self-help. Despite this, it is impossible to find any well-developed system of structured self-help or personal development based on his writings. This, I feel, is a gap. One as inexplicable as it is intolerable. I have been ruminating on this project for over 25 years and, finally, right here and now in The Nietzsche Self Help Experiment, it is a gap I intend to address.
I will present the results of this project as a book for publication when the time is right. And in order to test the system as I draw it piece by piece from the Nietzschean literary corpus, I am going to try and live the system, testing the theories, implementing the recommendations, learning the harsh lessons that Nietzsche felt were so important to a meaningful life. This is the experiment. It can only be of benefit to the project to have some independent and like-minded individuals trialling some of programme content. If you would like to get involved, please email me at the address below, telling me about yourself and why you feel this is for you.
As I write the book and attempt to put its principles into effect, I will document my experience and my learning in this blog. Can one thrive in a Nietzschean way? Ultimately, is it even possible to begin live up to Nietzsche's Superhuman aspirations?
We shall see...
NIL September 2017