The Will to Power of Nietzsche in Contrast with a School

Name: Erick Mynssen Submission Date: December 13, 2010 Class: HTZ4U, Period 3

Those are the words of late 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. one must first understand what Nietzsche means by µwill to power¶. The will to power theory can be viewed in a metaphysical way. His thoughts led him to create the will to live theory which implied that all living beings live to escape death. as an example to his theory. Schopenhauer says that all religions around the world try to make the matter of death less fearful for its followers.The Will to Power of Nietzsche in Contrast with a School 2 ³A living being wants above all else to release its strength. suggesting that everything that exists is the will to power. it shall be viewed in a metaphysical way. Nietsche). mental and/or symbolical. and in a psychological way. implying that the will is specifically related to all life. life itself is the will to power´ (Beyond Good and Evil. And to not leave the concept of the will to power in that application. pg. in an organic way. . Some may associate the will to power with the key concept of capitalism. claiming that the latter was too pessimistic to come up with a view on life¶s driving force. He then followed to change and build-on to Schopenhauer¶s theory while creating his own. declaring that it is only related to living creatures with a will (Cavalier. involving individualism and individual power quanta. and to spread that power over other beings is what drives every existence with the breath of life. In this particular study. Nietzsche suggested that all living beings strived to gain power in many scales ± physical. In his will to power theory. thus coming up with the µwill to power¶ theory.13). Like a weed spreads through a garden if left unattended. another example of Nietzsche¶s will to power theory would be the school society and its systems. The theory is said to have been made after Nietzsche read Schopenhauer¶s articles and papers on his own theory as to what strives humans to live. Before understanding the similarities between the school setting and the will to power theory. Nietzsche disagreed with Schopenhauer¶s theory (Kastenbaum).

they will therefore study and strive for a better mark.for power and achievement. In my mind I feel that a school society is an expression of the will to power. clubs. such as good feedback from parents and/or rewards. for the same reasons as teachers. the school board.by instinct . sports teams and so forth. to do well is pleasure as it brings forward many effects. This feeds in to the concept of the will to power. One may argue that schools also have a mental and symbolical level in their hierarchy as well. If an 90% is required. that control gives them pleasure and peace. then their principal(s). principals need to maintain some level of control inside a school community and be known to do well in their jobs. From a broader view into a specific view. a school has a hierarchal system: students. those who really want to be seen as smart and dedicated will try to surpass even that requirement. By extension. 3 then the will to power is impregnated in every level of a school experience. A good example of this would be popularity amongst students. . then the school staff who number much fewer. nobody is ever satisfied ± the teachers could have always taught better. Principals too are enforcing rules and keeping the peace. the more vast in number lay at the bottom of the pyramid. then the Minister of Education. most students are unsatisfied with their mark if they did not prepare for an assignment or a test.The Will to Power of Nietzsche in Contrast with a School Since will to power is a never ending striving . let it be through rules or seat arrangements. Students are always trying to increase their marks so that they may be the best in their own class. The best similarity between the will to power theory and school are the students. The reason behind this is that students like to feel in control of their marks as their will to power and studies. For students (whether it be real or not real) there is the concept that nothing is ever good enough. then their viceprincipals who number less than the fingers of one hand. because not only it is beneficial to them to have some level of control. Teachers are always trying to find equilibrium in organization and peace inside their classrooms. the books are old and marked up.

runs in parallels with this root of Nietzscheism. is the will for power to have more power that lies inside all life for life itself is the will to power. their mothers did not buy the printer toner. To strive for more power and to have its control spread as far as possible is the instinct that Friedrich Nietzsche believed that every living existence possessed in this universe. can spread to its limits and even then. School is a place where it teaches its participants a sense of imperfection and it teaches them that there is always someone or something better so that should be a motivation to give it all in all parts of life. go even further. Like the heat that has the instinct of no set limit. School. with its many levels of control. custodians could have always cleaned better. . sports teams could have always gotten a better score.The Will to Power of Nietzsche in Contrast with a School 4 the student¶s books were too heavy to carry. But there is always room to do better in that students could always have gotten a better mark. In this experience I feel that the school society and its systems mirror Nietzsche¶s theory of the will to power. clubs could always have more people and so the lists stretches on. I have witnessed numerous students who are academically above everybody else experience a sadness when they receive a marked assignment with a lower level than that that they were expecting.

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