William Hamilton wrote the following about Nietzsche's view: Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? Must we not ourselves become gods simply to seem worthy of it? Nietzsche used the phrase to sum up the effect and consequence that the Age of Enlightenment had had on the centrality of the concept of God within Western European civilizationwhich had been essentially Christian in character since the later Roman Empire. It is so timid and dislikes going into the water.
How were we able to drink up the sea?
God is Dead
Here is an important summary statement of his views: Once a human being reaches the fundamental conviction that he must be commanded, he becomes "a believer. How shall we, the murderers of all murderers, comfort ourselves? University Of Illinois Press. But liberation must finally be effected by affirmation. Backwards, sideways, forewards, in all directions?
This prodigious event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. The meaning of the phrase is often misunderstood — many have interpereted that Nietzsche believed in a literal death or end of God. And we have killed him. But why not allow oneself to be deceived? It is always as in the last moment before the departure of an emigrant- ship: