Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony, and aphorism.
Nietzsche’s key ideas include the “death of God,” the eternal recurrence, the Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy, perspectivism, and the will to power. Central to his philosophy is the idea of “life-affirmation”, which involves questioning of all doctrines that drain life’s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those views might be.
A basic element in Nietzsche’s philosophical outlook is the will to power , which provides a basis for understanding human behavior — more so than competing explanations, such as the ones based on pressure for adaptation or survival.
According to Nietzsche, the drive for conservation appears as the major motivator of human or animal behavior only in exceptions, as the general condition of life is not one of emergency, of ‘struggle for existence’.More often than not, self-conservation is but a consequence of a creature’s will to exert its strength on the outside world.
So what is YOUR WHY ?