God is dead, where do we go from here? Nietzsche and a post human perspective on spirituality

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God is dead, where do we go from here? 

Nietzsche and a post human perspective on spirituality

 David R. Weinbaum (Weaver) (VUB)

 

Abstract:

From the perspective of Nietzche's concept of active and reactive forces all religions operate as reactive forces in society promoting spiritual slavery and expressing symptoms such as ressentiment, bad conscience and 'the spirit of revenge'. The fiction of God is the fulcrum and originator of these reactive forces. The problem goes much deeper because the human condition at large is a product of reactive, life depreciating nihilist forces.

Is the death of God a bold rebellion against these reactive forces that diminish the human spirit, or, is it yet another plunge deeper into their trap in a modern disguise?

Nietzsche offers the concept of the overman as a starting point towards what I call 'affirmative spirituality' - a transformative open ended kind of aspiration that is free from both religious pretentious moralities and atheistic reactive concepts such as utility, fitness and well being. Primarily and most importantly affirmative spirituality affirms life and is not based on ideas or values that transcend life. It spells the birth of a new kind of individual.

In the light of a future technological convergence that destabilize the forces currently dominating the human condition, the pressing question is: what are the prospects of an affirmative spirituality to emerge and catalyze the transformation of the human condition?

To frame the question, a preliminary outline of what might be the characteristics of affirmative spirituality are sketched.

 

References:

1. Deleuze, G. (2006) Nietzsche and Philosophy. New York: Columbia University.

2. Nietzsche F. (1968) The will to power. Trans.  Kaufmann  and  Hollingdale, Random House.

3. Nietzsche F. (1961) Thus Spoke Zarathustra Trans.  R. J.  Hollingdale, Penguin Books.

4. Zimmerman E.Z. (2008) The Singularity: A crucial phase in divine self-actualization? The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 4, No 1-2

 

Link to the presentation:

God is dead, where do we go from here?  Nietzsche and a post human perspective on spirituality