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Friedrich Nietzsche in his 1883 book, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” says that The Ubermensch is a way to celebrate life rather than disregarding it. The philosophy is embracing hardships and pleasures alike and creating peace through the wisdom gained from those experiences. When we observe the concept of Ubermensch – The Overman or The Higher Man, Above Man or Superman, is a common human being choosing to be greater than the status quo, thus, she or he becomes the best version of herself or himself, and then possess the Godly abilities which are already there within everyone.

This philosophy is strikingly similar to the Vedic civilization as well as the Principles laid by Buddha. The Ubermensch is rather a choice than an individual separate from human beings. When we observe great beings like Ram, Krishna, Jesus, Buddha, Agastya, they’re all once born as humans, chose to live a higher altitude of thought, observed life in a grander perspective, thus they become what they are. The later occurrences of misunderstandings in religions tried to deviate from this point. But when we study carefully, the Ubermensch is prevalent in all of us.

Nietzsche also says that a Last Man is quite contrary to The Ubermensch. Last Man is a collective behavioural trait of a society that people refuse to do new things and stay in their comfort zone and are afraid to embrace the value of freedom that they rather choose a comfy couch all day over a life full of potential. But The Ubermensch turns his Will into power to overcome all the challenges in his life and triumphs over them. Though the obstacles seem to repeat, it only takes one moment for The Ubermensch to change it all for eternity, then there will be no more worries, only peace and tranquillity.   

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.

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