8.17.2004

Groundhog Day and Nietzsche…

All right I promised an explanation, anyone with ten seconds to google the question has certainly figured it out by now. Eternal recurrence is a concept proposed by Nietzsche, in which you guessed it we are all trapped in an endlessly reoccurring loop of life with no chance of escape. It differs in some respects to Groundhog day, but there is a strong correlation between the movie and the theory.

Nietzsche essentially rose up to fight what he saw as the despair and doom of nihilism with the hope that he saw as the ability of "creative supermen". These "Ubermen" could deal with and overcome the despair of a world without god, and to do some good in the world.. They inheritors of the earth from ordinary men. Sidebar: No wonder the Nazi’s loved him and willfully distorted his work.
The controversy often over Neitzsche is often over whether he was a Nihilist or not, and this is not something that I can definitively end, but I think that the answer is no, He opposed the conclusions that nihilism came to.

"That, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: "This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence — even this spider and this moonlight between the trees and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!"

- Nietzsche