Existentialism
Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Jaspers write of many important issues
concerning our existence and society in general, but the one that interests me
the most is the belief in the ignorance and stupidity of the majority of the
human race. We are so narrow-minded, so asleep, so afraid of exploring ourselves
and what is beyond this all-encompassing story we have created and in which we
live (and ironically hate). These four philosophers all seem to see the big
picture. Some wish they never had, others feel born again and superior to the
rest of mankind. Regardless, until the entire world understands, there is no
hope for man's survival. I will begin with Mr. Nietzsche who speaks with a very
vicious and pointed attitude. He is quite angry with people in general for being
shallow, for falling asleep to the cultural drone humming in the back of all our
heads. It is so easy to live day-to-day like dead bodies, doing what you are
told, working constantly to avoid thinking too much. (That's why I love work!).

We fear what is inside. We are afraid to exist as our souls and our minds.

Society, science, and even academic philosophy avoid looking inward, or
paradoxically, seeing the big picture. The entire world is putting us to sleep.

They "attempt to understand this canvas and these colors, but not the
image"(Nietzsche in Kaufman, 124). Only the true philosopher, the true
understander of existence, can reveal that place where material can no longer
corrupt you. There are so many obstacles (we refer to them as culture and
custom) in this world that obstruct our path to higher consciousness where we
will realize the oneness of everything and achieve conscious love. As soon as we
realize we are all bubbles floating on the same ocean, we become completely free
from these obstacles and have nothing to fear, not even death. This is heaven on
earth. Nietzsche recognized religion as perhaps the greatest obstacle of them
all. It supposedly was created to help overcome all the other obstacles, but now
further disorients us and almost leads us in the opposite direction.

Interestingly, Nietzsche sees as the root of growing nihilism not societal or
psychological corruption, but Christian interpretation. I'm not quite sure I
understand this, but the way I see it is Christianity (along with many
religions) - the one institution created to salvage and give meaning to life -
is, through its current and growing hypocrisy, taking meaning away from life.

Jesus was a great teacher. His key message was that if we love one another and
do not allow ourselves to get caught up in the mundane aspects of life, we can
achieve a higher level of being and find true happiness. Christianity developed
out of Jesus' teaching as a sort of stepping-stone to help people understand

Jesus and get to the place he was talking about. Christianity is like a set of
guidelines to lead us to higher consciousness. But we have made a complete
mockery of Christ and his teaching. Christianity has lost sight of its original
goal and become totally preoccupied with rules and regulations. We do not need
religion; it is just here to help us. But instead of higher consciousness
becoming the goal, religion is now the goal. As long as you follow the rules and
regulations of the church, as long as you have faith, you are a good person.

Wrong! You are a nihilist. In The Antichrist Nietzsche brutally attacks the
priests and theologians who advocate this fictitious world of God, the devil,
sin, redemption, free will, etc, which "falsifies, devalues, and negates
reality" because we cannot stand the sight of it (Nietzsche, 533). The
church has pronounced holy precisely what the Jesus the evangel felt to be
beneath and behind himself (Nietzsche, 536). The kingdom of heaven is not a
place we go after we die. It is a state of the heart and we can be there right
now, here on earth, if we follow Jesus' true message. But what is Jesus' true
message? If nothing else it is to be yourself, love your neighbor, and avoid the
crowd at all costs (nice segue, right?). Soren Kierkergaard has a big problem
with "the crowd" of which so many humans seem to be a part. This mass
of people existing in the state of consciousness called waking sleep is the
wheels of our civilization yet have no thought of where they are going.

Kierkegaard is awake, and therefore superior to everyone around him. His time
was one of technological pioneering, society blindly moving forward looking for
ways