Friedrich Nietzsche's Ecce Homo: Defining Humans

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A Portrait Of Friedrich Nietzsche
Should human beings be defined simply by their genetics or heritage? This is a question that pains many philosophers including Friedrich Nietzsche, who is the author of Ecce Homo. In his book Nietzsche goes through implicate measures to emphasize that human beings cannot merely be defined by their genetics or national origin. According to Nietzsche, it is how we live that characterizes us. In fact, there is a specific issue in his book that thoroughly discuss an issue that affect the way in which we live our lives as well as who we are. Through Nietzsche’s description of this issue we are able to develop an insight into his true character and gain a deeper understanding of his beliefs.
Resentment is a topic that Nietzsche addresses that explains his view on life and its issues rather well. He begins by discussing his view of himself. Over all Nietzsche seems to have a very positive view of himself and claims that throughout his life very few people have had a negative view towards him. Even the negative confrontations he had turned out to be positive in the end. He had the power to clam the roughest creature. Overall, he seemed to be able to make the best out of his misfortunes.
However, through his unfavorable experiences with others, Nietzsche developed a somewhat cynical view of his neighbor. He feels that every one has their own selfish motives. He does not treat these people any differently though. In fact he treats them with extra kindness. His theory is to replace the cruelness of others with the kindness from one’s heart; “dispatch a pot of jam to get rid of a sour affair” (14). Nietzsche also says that silence is the worst form of anger or resentment. Silence produces bad character and makes ones heart cold and full of cruelty. Anger should not be held inside, instead it should be taken out in a proper manner. Crudeness in taken for granted. To say what one means without holding anything back is the most humane form anger. One should not be afraid to say strongly what one believes. To stand up for one’s self and act strongly is proof of good will.
According to Nietzsche certain situations make to deep of an impact on us. We tend to take things too personally and lock incidents in our memory.

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