Imagination is a wonderful thing. I closed my eyes and when I opened them, this man was sitting opposite me in a large leather armchair. He had dark hair combed back in a sort of quiff. He also had an enormous walrus mustache and penetrating eyes. Good golly, I was staring at Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher I recently read about. He must be embedded in my subconscious!
“Are you Friedrich Nietzsche?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Can I ask you some questions? I’m in a state of confusion.”
“When you said, God Is Dead, what did you mean?”
“I meant, science has seen off the concept of God! The religious systems of thought that humans created to make sense of the world are gone.”
My jaw dropped!
“Mr. Nietzsche, does this mean that now, with his death, life is meaningless? I mean, God has been the source and keeper of all values and meaning for the world, so now what do we do?”
“Yes, my son, with God dead, you lose all that and with that all gone, yes, life is meaningless!”
“But, Mr. Nietzsche, what’s to become of us?”
He smiled beneath the monstrous mustache and said:
“Be brave, my son, after the death of God, you will be able to face the meaninglessness of the world.”
“But how?” I cried nervously.
“You will take responsibility for creating your own meaning and direction in your life.”
“That doesn’t sound easy to me,” I stammered.
“God has done the job for over 2000 years, so it will take a while for you to get the hang of it.”
“Mr. Nietzsche, sir, what is your Number One principle that I can use as a guide?”
“My Number One is, To Make One’s Own Laws For Oneself.”
“Oh, I see. Don’t become your Master’s shadow because the Master is dead.”
“By jove, you’ve got it! Be Master of your own shadow! You, and you alone, are Master of your destiny. Set your own goals and create your own meaning.”
“I feel better already,” I said smiling.
“Sure you feel good. You will become an “UBERMENSCH”. A man in control of your own world.”
“Sounds good to me,” I said, expanding my chest.
“I hope some of your confusion is gone, my son.”
“Oh yes sir, by the way, what are your favorite sayings?”
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger, and He who has a WHY to live can bear any HOW.”
With that, Nietzsche disappeared.
I was left whispering to myself:
“I am an UBERMENSCH!”