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You will prepare and submit a term paper on Suicide Based upon Beliefs in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Your paper should be a minimum of 1500 words in length.
You will prepare and submit a term paper on Suicide Based upon Beliefs in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Your paper should be a minimum of 1500 words in length. The spiritual and physical separation of Zarathustra is an example of the living and dead being: at the beginning of the book, Zarathustra has most clearly chosen life. Moreover, he has decided that God, or the spiritual side, is “Dead”, i.e., that only the physical self exists. “All beings so far have created something beyond themselves. and do you want to…even to go back to the beasts rather than overcome man?” (Nietzsche, 125). The soul and the body are not equal, and to believe in life after death is to deny current life “Do not believe those who speak to you of otherworldly hopes! Despisers of life are they, decaying and poisoned themselves…so let them go” (Nietzsche, page 125). What Nietzsche appears to be saying here is that those who focus upon life-after-death, to the detriment of the physical presence, are no different from suicides, who also long for death (for different reasons). Nietzsche seems to condemn both as poisonous to other men. He also attacks them later, in “On the after worldly”: “It is not in afterworlds and redemptive drops of blood, but in the body, that they too have lost faith…but a sick thing it is to them, and gladly would they shed their skins. Therefore they listen to the preachers of death and themselves preach afterworlds.” (Nietzsche, page 145). Those who hanker after the afterworld, the life-beyond-death, are too fond of their bodies to let go, but at the same time, their desire to continue with their lives leads to an obsession with death, and life after death, that denies the very body they admire.
Those who wish to live on after death is followed in almost biblical procession by those who despise the body. Nietzsche is very sarcastic about these teachers: “I would not have them learn and teach differently, but merely say farewell to their own bodies – and thus become silent” (Nietzsche, page 146). He contrasts the self with the body: “Your self itself wants to die and turns away from life”.