Friedrich Nietzsche


Today 15 October 2013 if you visit Google Germany, Google United Kingdom and Google South Africa you will see the Friedrich Nietzsche Google Doodle. I am a devoted Christian and did not particularly like what I first read about Friedrich Nietzsche when doing research for this article. I love doodles and love to find out what they are about.

Friedrich Nietzsche

It seems like Friedrich Nietzsche did not like Christians and Christianity and being a philosopher he argued that Christ is dead and that God is dead and that religion have a bad hold on humanity. Friedrich Nietzsche frequently made statements like “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. This quote from Friedrich Nietzsche makes it really hard for me to write an objective review about his life a legacy.

All people does not only have bad in them and I decided to find the good in Friedrich Nietzsche except to focus on my personal issues with his philosophy. I actually followed his advice directly he also once said – “That which does not kill us makes us stronger. “- Friedrich Nietzsche.

When browsing over some of the quotes he was most known for I was quite impressed to learn what are some of the quotes he is best known for, one of these I love is the “Without music, life would be a mistake.” and “Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.” From some of his quotes it seemed like Friedrich Nietzsche were very pessimistic about his outlook on life. He is also known to have said when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you and He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

The more I read about Friedrich Nietzsche the more his life and thoughts become interesting, and I must admit that is interesting to read about someone who thinks totally different than yourself.

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche?

When discovering a new Google Doodle, Person or something interesting, I always turn to Wikipedia to learn more about the person. The article on Wikipedia about Friedrich Nietzsche is quite comprehensive and there is a lot of information to disseminate about the life and legacy of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Friedrich Nietzsche was born on the 15th of October in 1844 in Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia and died on the 25th of August 1900 at the age of 55 in Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia. He was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism.

Nietzsche’s key ideas include the Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy, perspectivism, the Will to Power, the “death of God”, the Übermensch and eternal recurrence. Central to his philosophy is the idea of “life-affirmation”, which involves questioning of any doctrine that drains one’s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those ideas might be.

His radical questioning of the value and objectivity of truth has been the focus of extensive commentary and his influence remains substantial, particularly in the continental philosophical tradition comprising existentialism, postmodernism, and post-structuralism.

You can read more about Friedrich Nietzsche on Wikipedia for more details about his life and legacy.

Friedrich Nietzsche Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle have much more to it than just the design. One of the first things that hit me when looking at the Google Doodle is the center image in the doodle. The image looks like a very abstract drawing of Friedrich Nietzsche. (I compared portraits of Friedrich Nietzsche with the abstract image).

It is interesting how the persons responsible for the doodle have chosen to portray that he was a thinker. In the abstract drawing of Friedrich Nietzsche there is diamonds in his head glittering presumably indicating he was a thinker.

I also found it interesting that one part of the doodle were white and the other part of the Google Doodle were black, without knowing the exact reasons I can only guess what it means.

  1. Everything is either Black or White.
  2. Everything is either Right or Wrong.
  3. Everything is not right or wrong, there is a gray area.
  4. Colors can also be used to display Evil and Non-Evil.

At this time I am only speculating about the use of these colors in the doodle, and it would be interesting to know what you think about the use of colors in the doodle.

Today 169 years after the birth of Friedrich Nietzsche he’s unique way of thinking is going to intrigue millions of people today across the globe!