Through the readings of The Gay Science, I have come to realize the necessity of Nietzsche’s views on morality, god, and perspectivism in life today. Through attending a structured religious group, I once again understood the cyclical nature of the ideals created in thus.
First off: there exists a perspective barrier between people that limits every persons capability to truly interact, understand each other, and come closer to each other as sentient beings. This was written about beautifully in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, by Yukio Mishima. (I plan do to a review of Mishima’s ideas of perspectivist ideas in a separate article). In order to take steps toward undermining this perspective barrier, we must understand what can bring us together.
The first step toward breaking this perspective wall is honesty with ourselves and each other. The only way to completely understand a person’s rational and ideals is to be able to understand what is truly passing through their mind, and this requires honest communication. Any hiding of ideas or feelings strengthens the perspective wall
The second is education. Education of gods, anti-gods, cultures, and all ideals can create an understanding of someone’s perspective, where they are coming from, and how we can communicate under these circumstances toward bringing us closer to unity. If we understand the background of a person we wish to communicate with, than we will be able to communicate more effectively. Education also allows us to use precise rhetoric, diction, syntax, and the likes, and to be able to understand each others words and ideas to a similar degree to one another
Second: religion undermines ANY attempt at breaking this perspective barrier. Example: today I attended an Islamic Mosque Juma service. They implored that we must “love Muhammad, and Allah more than our family and our own souls”. This proved to be quite confusing to me. Attendees of the Islamic church are present because they believe it will save their soul in afterlife. Why do I believe this? Because every service I have attended in my 18 years of life has spoken of hellfire, damnation, and rewards of paradise. If we are to love God and Muhammad (a no longer existing man) more than our own souls, because we want to save our souls, how can we truly love them more than our souls? This conundrum came puzzled me, but it is also easy to look at this idea from a distanced idea. The idea that it is hard to love god more than one’s own self is difficult, as we cannot see God.
Third: through a lifetime of ongoing separation of a solid relationship with my father, most of the problems lying in his faith and his belief that I share his faith, this particular sermon scared me. How can I ever hope to gain a more solidified relationship with my own father in the future when a religious doctrine is telling him to love IT in itself more than me, my mother, my brother, and his own soul (although this part is hypocritical and contradicted as is most parts of religion). Honesty must come into place at some point in this
We as a collective, intelligent species have the ability and should re-assess values and morals that are being siphoned through religions hierarchies. There exists something BEYOND good and evil, as Nietzsche would suggest, and a perspective barrier that we must attempt to thwart in order to obtain beautiful relationships with one another.
Nietzsche would say that there is no subjective truth of reality, as reality is prone to our subjective perspective. This, coupled with his famous saying of “god is dead”, can be looked at as a different idea of god. We cannot know the truth since we are always limited by perception. If we cannot know the truth, must there be some objective sentient being that holds truth? Us sitting back and creating a set of moral values for our society should not be looked at as an attack on one specific religion or doctrine, but as a step to take as a species of perspectively limited creatures toward understanding God, toward understanding if there is a subjective truth behind our perspective barriers.