Book Review: “Ecce Homo” by Friedrich Nietzsche     by       Ruth Utnage

I’ve read more quotes by Nietzsche than any other person in history. To be frank, I had no idea who this man was, when he lived or where. I just knew he was, and still may be, one of the most argued over philosophers ever. It came as a wonderful surprise to have Ecce Homo, an unconventional autobiography, get sent to me.

I was excited to read this because I’ve not read anything from Nietzsche besides quotes in other books I greatly admire, like “The 33 Strategies of War” by Robert Greene. I feel I would have to spend a great deal more time slowly reading his work in order to fully grasp his undertones, which are clearly present.

At times I felt I was reading the thoughts of a genius, obviously pure art. Then at other times I wasn’t entirely sure I wasn’t reading the babblings of a mad man. I know that last sentence will be a literary divisive one, but that’s my thoughts, take ’em or leave ’em. I was quite shocked to read his disdain for all things German, things that I find to be too offensive to quote.

His all out “attack” on human decadence was quite possessing to me and prompted a long hard look into history to see if Nietzsche’s beliefs about mankind’s decline was accurate. One could argue he was directly on point, after all, not long after his death 2 world wars ensued, the Korean and Vietnam war, and then the still raging battle in the Middle East. We’ve witnessed counter points as well, to be fair.

Music is near fully globalized, a development resulting from technology. Cultures are beginning to mix into new cultures that are blends of modernity and ancestral roots resulting in mixtures that include a wider variety of welcomed patrons. While I doubt Nietzsche himself would be a fan of such advancements he would be a fan of worthy dueling opposition.

All in all, I’m glad I read the man most quoted in my world, but I’m even happier to be moving on.

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Ruth Utnage

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