Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
He resigned his work on art, philology, history, religion, tragedy, culture, and science due to health problems that plagued him most of his life.
At age 44, he suffered a mental breakdown and a complete loss of his mental faculties. He lived his final years in the care of his mother until her death, and then with his sister, and died in 1900.
Nietzsche’s mental illness was originally diagnosed as syphilis. Nietzsche never married. Nietzsche proposed to Lou Salomé 3 times, but his proposal was rejected each time.
Much of his most famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra deals with ideas such as the ‘eternal recurrence of the same’, the parable on the ‘Death of God’, and the ‘Prophecy of the Übermensch’. The will to power is the fundamental component of the Human identity.
Everything we do is an expression of the will to power. The will to power is a psychological analysis of all Human action and is accentuated by self-overcoming and self-enhancement.
Contrasted with living for procreation, pleasure, or happiness, the will to power is the summary of all man’s struggle against his surrounding environment as well as his reason for living in it.