Nietzsche is probably my favorite western philosopher, which i think is due to equal parts insanity and ingenuity. his work has inspired me in so many ways. he's typically labeled a nihilist or fatalist, or just....depressing, but i read his stuff, and i'm inspired to just go live life on the brink, saying "fuck you" to any naysayers. thats his philosophy. there are no hesitations or mediocrity with him- you live life and have the confidence to face risks or die; you attack life with all your might or kill yourself; LIVE or DIE. it's crazy, on some level, but....inspiring depending on your situation. and all this is aside from his views on Christianity, Abrahamic religions, theology, etc. i just really admire how theres no fear or inhibitions with him. he was fearless when it came to religion, authority, and tradition. and thats rare.
that being said, he was a misogynist. and as an advocate of feminism, it's difficult to respect such a person. but, i do believe that had he been able to get past his personal experiences with the women in his life, he could have been a leading feminist. i think when he speaks about women, he is speaking from a place of pain (then again, isn't every misogynist coming from some place of pain?), and not from that area in his brain that produced the brilliance in his other philosophies.
anyway, check it out. this is part 2 of 3, which i thought was the most interesting, but theres 2 more parts to it:
comment. think. criticize. check out Thus Spoke Zarathustra-a personal inspirational book. and The Antichrist would be a great stocking stuffer for your Christian pals....