return to list of latest ideas

Single Idea 20369

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / f. Übermensch]

Full Idea

He who determines values and directs the will of millenia by giving direction to the highest natures is the highest man.

Gist of Idea

The highest man directs the values of the highest natures over millenia

Source

Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], §999)

A Reaction

The second half is the interesting bit. If Ghengis Khan inspires hordes to commit massacres, he certainly creates values, but he hasn't inspired highest natures. So who inspires highest natures? Who are the role models of role models?

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.519