I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?… All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood, and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is ape to man? A laughing stock or painful embarrassment. And man shall be that to overman: a laughingstock or painful embarrassment. You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape… The overman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the overman shall be the meaning of the earth… Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman—a rope over an abyss … what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.
– Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Prologue)
Friedrich Nietzsche was prescient in his estimations of the dramatic progress that Western civilization was undergoing, he witnessed the changes of the 19th century and comprehended them as the passing away of the supernatural as a living force within History, the dreaded Death of God, which was to be supplanted by the arrival of the superhuman, the temporal evolution of man into a Superman:
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
— Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125
The Ubermensch is the apogee of hominid evolution, of that process of self-affirmation that poses the achievement of supra-humanity as the culmination of progress itself, and of that path towards civilization that is the character of human history. History: It is the arrow of Time, directing towards its purposeful End, towards the realization of a perennial Idea that is Eternity – the beautiful Liturgy in the permanence of Creation consecrated to the Perfect Word, in the Unity of a Divine Society, animated by a Divine Fire that is Love, and enlightened by a Light that is True Science, granting in its happiness, the comprehension of the mystery of the Story, in a Time where the weight of the self finds resolution and all conflict ceases. History: The arrow of Time directed at its target, Time incarnate in the corporate decisions of the human race, in the vacillations of freedom, magnetized by the opposite poles of good and of evil, in the attempt at the liberation of the self from the slavery to the Earth and its limitedness; it is naturalism attempting to transcend reality into the metaphysics of its nature, here, History encounters the power of Time in order to supernaturalize all material phenomena with a naturalist creed, source of its eminence and truth of its reality – that, the Ubermensch is the attempt to create on the foundations of a naturalist science, a false light, a superhuman, fruit of the labor of History, that cancels in his manifestation supernatural agency itself; the dream, indeed, of a science that seeks to redeem the Story on the natural powers of man, on his poor natural light.
The Superman remains a truth of Earth, of its manifest place in the cosmos, and above all, of its centrality in the universe, a reminder for that fact, of its Divine place in the cosmological scheme whose end it is to justify the religious Liturgy and be the theatre of the Story of the Eternal Word, who incarnates in the spiritual actions of man, the purpose of Creation itself: At the consummation of Time, it is the possession of an Eternal Kingdom and the Marriage to an Immaculate Church, an Eternity of happiness that erases from all stories all remembrance of evil, that consoles the self from the gravity of its destiny, and by that act, eliminates all sources of conflict and tension, in an attempt at causing the disturbance of thought, and the disorder of reason: in truth, a tentative to efface forever the memory of the Divine, of the supernatural, of the mystical, voire, of the meta-historical – in its essence, it is the effort of the Omega of Creation, that conceives the End as the cessation of Reason replaced by Logic, an artificial Intelligence ruled by the law of the machine concerned with efficiency as opposed to Truth and Beauty.
Hominid evolution, in reality, promotes a myth, the myth of a Story that has no Transcendent Author, but which undergoes progress throughout Time moved by the logic of mechanics and the law of determinism, that directs the processes of nature from the miracle of auto-genesis – from the time of the purported Big Bang – to the evolution of planets, to the formation of the Earth, the receptacle of the Story, to the fortuitous chance apparition of the biological cell, the source of all life on the blue planet standing as a tree that leads to the diversification of life and the appearance of new species, in a transformism that manifests the innate will to power that drives all life in its attempt at omnipotence, that state of supremacy over which it extends its kingdom in a feat of universality; the end result of this process of naturalistic evolution is the superhuman, the Superman, who justifies the rebellion of humanity towards the Summum Bonum, a movement within History that does not empty of its inherent conflict but rather arms its war with more destructive weapons which are a fascination of its doom and the manifestation of its dread that awaits its Last Judgement.
The truth of the Ubermensch elicits the Death of God and the passage of religious faith, replaced by a false light, that of electricity which testifies to the desire for a finite creation and the achievement of the madness of a science that electrically synthesizes in its knowledge the principles of the thought of Lucifer whose dream it is to incarnate on Earth the Reign of the Machine, the artificial world ruled by the totalitarian instrumentality of Time, in a tentative at omniscience that is in reality, a spirit of prophecy – in reality, the law of machine reflects in its false light, evident in the incorrect use of the cinema, the mechanization of prophecy, translocated from the Freedom and the Omniscience of the Spirit, the Eye that sees, to the determinism of the artificial code that is the soul that animates the machine, and that erases the remembrance of all principle of transcendence. Evidently, it is the Fall of the Genius.
Certainly, the Superman appears a force for good, a truth of the transcendent potential inherent to material nature, to carnal man, to the animal being; it is the reality of the possibility of the surpassing of the inherent vital capacities in a movement of ascension that fulfills the desire of History, of that ultimate aspiration for the final state of Civilization in which Man is freed from God, from the demands of religion, from the predestination of the Eternal Law, from the limits of biology and the laws of human psychology – essentially, it is the natural creation of Man according to a science that is a quantitative leap into the unknown that is the superhuman, master of physics and creator of moral values, as matter of fact, constituting his own light. In the Overman, man becomes God, and Earth becomes a Heaven, a Paradise achieved through the toil of the Earth and the affirmation of the Rights of Man, a Democratic consensus reached at the price of apostasy from the Truth through the labor of a History in rebellion to the Author of its existence. The auto-creation of the creature is manifest in the attempt at deciphering its genetic matrix and re-writing the code of life according to the designs of nihilistic genetic experimentations that are oblivious to any considerations of ethics, in a tentative at mastering a primordial power of creation betrayed behind a disinterested pursuit of knowledge dominated by economic interest. Having eaten the apple, man proceeds to analyze the contents of the apple, in order to create a novel one according to the science he has comprehended.
The Superman is the object of fantasy, of that power of reality that creates out of genius the fantastical, that which transcends the limits of life, whose substance is found in the capacity to overcome the human condition and fulfill the demands of humanity. The story of a baby rocketed from the exploding planet Krypton, out of the tragedy came the greatest good for mankind, a superhuman figure that surpasses the materiality of the Earth into history, the mastery of physics in a boundless display of limitless power. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel incarnate in their story, the prototypical immigrant spirit, in the tale of a being from another world come to represent a symbol of hope and a beacon of light for the human race, at a moment when human civilization is in a crisis of belief and of certainty; the creators of Superman transpose in their character the central elements of the Ubermensch as a being who is the result of human evolution and the illustration in action of the transcendent quality of the human psyche, which seeks to elevate the human person above all canons and establish a Kingdom of Man, ruled by the love of the Earth and a natural goodness that is the affirmation of the creature before the Creator. Here, fantasy corrects history; it is the power to symbolize in a Kryptonian extra-terrestrial the truth of life itself: that History is about action, about the movement of the Story towards the realization of goodness, of that certainty that guides the human heart and animates the human soul engaged with hostile powers of darkness, in a war that concludes when will finds the light that dispels the obscurity of life, the ignorance of existence, and the conflict of a historical suicide that seeks in the Omega of Creation, the end of purpose, of goodness, and of genius.
The Ubermensch is an Antichrist, a force for good that creates itself, for he is a force of nature, who essentially, is the product of his own creation. It is the matter of a being that reveals the Apocalypse to humanity, by displaying the truth of the Earth, as the receptacle of the great Revelation, which awaits the Judgement of matter by the Spirit, that is, a Story that seeks its resolution by the transcendence of its inherent potentialities, on its own natural powers in the intention of the disregard of the Eternal Law which directs the progression of History; in its essence, it is an Antichrist that is the Perfection of History, by revealing in his insignia the drama that forms the substantive hope of the human person: to behold the Last Times of the Great End, of the Omega, as the Story reaches the conclusion of deliverance.
The Ubermensch is a philosophical concept based on the absolute will of self-affirmation that leads to the self-creation of man, and originates from the desire of the Earth to usurp the supremacy of Heaven and ascend to the supremacy of Power. The Overman is a creator of moral values, like God, a legislator, who affirms romantically human free will in the face of the struggle for life, of the eternal return of the cycle of chaos, enmity, and tragedy that is the madness characteristic of the futility of terrestrial existence. He is the tragic hero fighting a battle that is never-ending in face of an existence that is logical, impersonal, and unforgiving. The Overman or Superman is the metamorphosis of man into a new creature, holding at his fingertips and in the palm of his hands the power of creation, in the power of natural light, that is, electromagnetism. He represents the apogee of the process of human evolution, the achievement of godhood, the supreme manifestation, an anthropophany, of the contingent self limited by matter, space and time which he transcends with an existential genius that changes the course of history and leads humanity to the terminus of ascension and enlightenment: self-creation, auto-creation, and auto-genesis.
The forces of human evolution coalesce for the Ubermensch in the achievement of flight, a manifestation of certain godhood, which reveals the will to power incarnate in the mastery of the physical forces, a tentative that prefigures the destiny of man found in the subjugation of the Earth and the life in the clouds where the totality of freedom is realized and the possibility of liberation from the tragedy of the human condition is actual. It is the truth of human existence that is affirmation of power.