“Nearly every field of human endeavor should be rescued from its admirers.”—Aaron Haspel, Everything: A Book of Aphorisms (2015)
Nietzsche once sagely observed: “How well Stoicism conceals what one lacks!” Thinking along similar lines, we might now quip: How well a certain kind of Nietzscheism conceals what one lacks—namely, the emotional intelligence of an eight-year-old. Why have the morally colorblind so often found, in Nietzsche’s books, a justification for their own inability to experience empathy and love? Why have narcissists and sociopaths so often found, in Nietzsche, a mobile army of sophisticated (and seemingly noble) rationalizations for what are, in essence, rather boring (and decidedly ignoble) forms of adolescent selfishness? I’ve seen bumper stickers that read: “I’ve got nothing against God. It’s his Fan Club I can’t stand.” Nietzsche scholars should come up with a bumper sticker like that.
—John Faithful Hamer, The Myth of the Fuckbuddy (2016)