Nietzsche's ideas are now the backbone of global Leftists, countless college and university curriculums, and the basic platforms of western, so-called 'liberal' and 'progressive' political parties today. Do you doubt it? Just try introducing the mere idea of the Judeo-Christian God in any college or university classroom, student or faculty lounge, or 'liberal' political gathering. This author has never seen less than squints or eye-rolls, and often a verbal firestorm of scorn, criticism or outright condemnation. You can count on losing friends and acquaintances for mentioning God, and it will be painful; which explains much about our broken world.
We have no choice but to swim against the currents of culture if we want to be moral, know God, and have true self-respect. It's not that hard. You just avoid the main stream and seek the shore where the current diminishes. Often eddies form, and the flow reverses course at its edges. You will find allies.
It's a documented truth that we ourselves bring a great deal of suffering into our lives and the world by making bad decisions. Becoming addicted, resorting to violence and revenge, committing crimes, and projecting onto others our own faults and failings cause us to suffer and die. So many millions - even billions - of people are suffering, and we're rightly upset and angry about it. But if there is no fixed, unalterable standard of morality, it means nothing. Who says we shouldn't suffer? And die badly? Only God is that fixed standard. If there is no truth, then there is no right and wrong. It's hard to stay sane when you harbor that view. You be the judge:
G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936) was the opposite of Nietzsche, and the two led radically different lives. Chesterton became a renowned professor and a Catholic convert known for his good cheer and love of life. He inspired others, like C.S. Lewis, who was enormously successful as a Christian author and teacher. His most famous books, The Chronicles of Narnia, have become globally popular films.
Some quotes of G.K. Chesterton:
"Men do not differ so much about what things that they will call evil, but they do differ enormously about what evil things that they will call excusable."
“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
“Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.”
“Civilization has run on ahead of the soul of man, and is producing faster than he can think and give thanks.”
“It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.”
"The finding and fighting of positive evil is really the beginning of all fun."
While a young man in school, Chesterton met someone who nearly perfectly personified evil, and it changed Chesterton's life:
Chuck Chalberg acts the part of Chesterton.