Covington, Eric fulton
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Nietzsche, using the metaphor of translation, sought to translate man back into nature in what he coined, “terms of life.” During the transcription process, he discovered that living is the will to power and nothing besides. Using this new understanding of life, he attempted to re-translate man’s quintessential attributes, knowledge and morality, into this new language of power. With his new and revised edition of the text of man, Nietzsche believed he had written the most thorough and accurate assessment of humanity yet offered. The idea of eternal recurrence stands as the last chapter in his new human text. Nietzsche thought that a willful expectation of an eternal recurrence of all events would be a complete spiritual affirmation of his newly discovered principle…the will to power. He further believed that such a grave idea could serve as an expedient to the resentment and nihilism plaguing Western morality and philosophy. Nietzsche, at last, dreamed that an individual or class of individuals would emerge, able to bare the thought of recurrence and serve as the founding archons to an apotheosized future.