Continuing on Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, books 1 and 2 (1883).
We talk through Nietzsche's symbolism (e.g., a tightrope walker as someone trying to be a bridge between man and overman), the path toward the overman (develop a pure will to create like a child, risk your life for your creation), his various critiques including his screed against the state ("On the New Idol"), and we wrap up by discussing the Will to Power as the overcoming oneself by reconciling oneself with the past: "to recreate all 'it was' into 'thus I willed it'" ("On Redemption").
For episode 214, we'll finish the work (reading books 3 and 4) and discuss his explicit guidance on how to do this: embrace the notion of eternal recurrence.
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