Behind his provocative statements, I believe that Nietzsche was profoundly idealistic.
This month’s article is a video by School of Life. (see link at the bottom of this page)
Here we go. Nietzsche week, day #1. Christian values according to Nietzsche.
Envy is a big part of life. Yet the lingering effects of Christianity teach us to feel ashamed of our envious feelings. There’s nothing wrong with envy, so long as we use it as a guide to what we really want. It should be seen as an indication of what we could, one day, become. It’s not that we always end up getting what we want but we must face up to our true desires, put up a heroic fight to honour them, and only then accept failure with solemn dignity. That is what it means to be an UBERMENSCH.School of Life - Nietzsche
Christanity emerged in the Roman empire, in the minds of timid slaves who lacked the stomach to get a hold of what they really wanted. Christians had wished to enjoy the real ingredients of fulfilment (a position in the world, sex, intellectual mastery, creativity) but they had been too inept to get them. They therefore fashioned a hypocritical creed denouncing what they wanted but were too weak to fight for, while praising what they didn’t want but happened to have. Christianity amounted to a giant machine for bitter denial.School of Life - Nietzsche
There have been two great narcotics in European civilization: Christianity and alcohol. Both numb pain. Both reassure us that things are just fine as they are, sapping us of the will to change our lives for the better. Nietzsche was obsessed with the awkward truth that getting really valuable things done hurts. The secret of a fulfilled life is: live dangerously!School of Life - Nietzsche
This is not a celebratory statement. Nietzsche didn’t believe that the end of belief was anything to cheer about. Religious beliefs were false, he knew, but he observed that they were very beneficial, in the sense of helping us cope with the problems of life. Nietzsche felt that the gap left by religion should ideally be filled by culture: philosophy, art, music, literature. Culture could replace scripture.School of Life - Nietzsche