Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Nietzsche's Big Mistake
Nietzsche would have been truly great if he had not been missing a good understanding of conservatism, which he might have included in his brilliant radical creativity. That is, the retention, but then also the transformation, of old traditional conservatism. Aside from the obvious practicality, there is much wisdom in conservative traditions.
God would not have had to be declared dead by Nietzsche. Godhood needed to be understood as being retained but transformed in the evolution of natural material life to supermaterial Godhood, the God first seen in the inward paths of traditional religions. Nietzsche's followers, such as Sigmund Freud, and the post-moderns, continued the same mistake, which led to relativism and nihilism disguised as creativity.
Theological materialism does not make that mistake. The deepest reading of the Revealed Religions centers on an Inward God not an Outward God, which is limiting. The Inward God is the image or blissful experience of the Outward God (opposite Plato), and outward Godhood can exist as a supreme supermaterial living object, or objects, evolved to in material nature. Both Paths are contained within the Twofold Path of theological materialism. The activating Spirit-Will and Godhood are not immaterial entities, as they are in Aristotle, Aquinas and even Darwin.