God Is, Secondly


In developing an awareness of what God is, Nietzsche thought we could reach a stage of emancipation in which endowed our own image of God, our own image of ourselves, with our own morality.

But Nietzsche had deceived himself into thinking we could somehow let go of society's expectations. Society's morality is dictated by the pain of our ancestors, generally our weaker ancestors, and their attempts restrain the stronger who trample them. We are raised to not be a singular and focused will, but a will burdened by the wills our ancestors, and ultimately our neighbors.

He believed we could evaluate and uproot the morality that society pushes upon us, unburdening our core and unique self which was formed by the pain that we exclusively experienced. He believed we could become our own Gods, standing outside ourselves and judging ourselves with our morality as God would, thereby directing ourselves as our own masters.

Herein Nietzsche became emancipatory beyond reason and evidence. He somehow believed we were not deeply entrenched in the traditions of our forefathers, and that we could remake ourselves with exclusive reference to the here and now.

What is here and now, is what our forefathers left us. God, and morality, starts as an embodiment what our ancestors experienced and learned from pain in the world around us.