Today marks the death anniversary of the german existential philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, a fervent seeker of the truth and a great mind of his time. Nietzsche's nihilistic perspective of existence, together with his disdain for any form of system made his philosophy seem paradoxical for the masses of his time, left his audience with either great admiration or disgust. With evocative themes written in poetic prose, his materpieces include works like "Beyond Good and Evil", "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and "The Will to Power. In "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", Nietzsche wrote of the coming of the Ubermensch (Over-man, Beyond-man), an independent individual who has the power to banish the instinct of the herd from his mind, giving himself morality and value as he sees fit. Nietzsche's Ubermensch would be an integral part of human evolution, as he would be free from the bonds of instituitional control, an individual who is neither slave or master, living life to the fullest.
Below is an excerpt about Nietzsche's Ubermensch, from "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".
"Behold, I teach you the overman. The overman is the meaning of the earth.Let your will say: the overman shall be the meaning of the earth! I beseech you, my brothers, remain faithful to the earth,and do not believe those who speak to you of otherworldly hopes! Poison-mixers are they, whether they know it or not. Despisers of life are they, decaying and poisoned themselves, of whom the earth is weary: so let them go."
- from Nietzsche's Thus spoke Zarathustra
As a tribute to this great man of thought, Dystra's In-house Designer, Kenn Lam, has illustrated the image above in memory of Nietzsche's constant struggle on earth and his longing for the emergence of the Ubermensch. Let us be the light in Nietsche's(our) dystopia and rise up to be people of independent thought, free spirits in this dense and damaged world.
Together, let us be conscious.