Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nietzsche and the Hunger

I'm intrigued by the hunger, or life-force, that drives the flow-wolf. Certainly I think Maslow's pyramid has something to offer in showing where we go, but what causes us to climb that mountain?

I consider that Nietzsche's "will to power" concept has something to say about this. It helps us recognize the force that underlies our motivations, beyond simply dominance of others, but as an essential part of the creative process.

Certainly esteem, status and power represent the penultimate level in Maslow's heirarchy and can be interpreted as seeking social dominance. But what of the self-actualized individual? Perhaps he or she is seeking power over self and human failings? Certainly there is a transcendent state that we seek that is beyond the desire for worldly power. One manifestation of that is to have the power to create - and so become a small "g" god ourselves?

Ok, I'm not an expert on Nietzsche (and this is a contentious area of his work given some selective editing) but here we have another view of what lies at the summit of human desires ..... and what drives us to climb the mountain. His view is probably closer to that of Maslow - little talk of spirituality and more the observations of a scholar.