Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Reading List: Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo
by Friedrich Nietzsche

A few years ago I started writing a book called Ecce Homo, a Latin phrase derived from the Gospel of St. John, "Behold the Man," concerning Pilate's presentation of the scourged Christ.  I thought, very few people could possibly have written a book with that title.  Well, I was wrong.  Nietzsche beat me to it.  Now, Nietzsche had a much different vantage point.  My book was actually about Adam & Eve.  His is a memoir.  Naturally I had to read it for myself, just for the coincidence.  Nietzsche is one of the more intriguing philosophers in history, relevant over the past century for certain elements of his ideas taken somewhat out of context, including the idea of the Superman.  Last year I read Thus Spake Zarathustra, a kind of gospel for Nietzsche's religious beliefs (which were not Christian).  I couldn't finish it.  Yet I knew I had Ecce Homo waiting.  Here I will get to find out what I think of Nietzsche in possibly more welcoming material.  Although he did go mad soon after writing it...

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