Monday, April 11, 2011

Empire of the Mind peddles Satan as Nietzsche

In the course of exploring how Satan's Nietzsche-"philosophy" (philosophy-flavored BS) is being wormed into the minds of the masses, I'm finding that university philosophy departments generally shun him, just as he has been shunned by actual professional philosophers from the start. However, I did find the following very interesting:
Alan Arkin and the child actor Abigail Breslin are up for Academy Awards for their performances in the strenuously kooky comedy-drama "Little Miss Sunshine" (the film itself is a Best Picture nominee), but there's a certain brooding intellectual whose contribution to the movie has gone unheralded: Friedrich Nietzsche.

The unclassifiable German philosopher who announced God's death, declared that all human knowledge was fragmentary and subjective, and called for bold "supermen" to step away from the herd of human cattle, serves as a hero to the film family's requisite troubled teenager. That character, played by Paul Dano, has a giant black-and-white painting of Nietzsche's face in his room. (Those penetrating eyes! That Teutonic mustache!) He keeps his nose buried in "Thus Spake Zarathustra," and has taken a vow of silence until he achieves his goal of flying jets for the Air Force.


Note the accompanying image: a tee-shirt with an image of Nietzsche and the assertion "Nietzsche Rocks."