Which brings us to Fred.
Philosophy like you’ve near heard it before. The philosopher as passionate prophet.
His great idea of the “ewige Wiederkehr” —that we return to relive the self-same life in every detail— only makes sense as total affirmation of every moment lived in this life, but has otherwise no basis and seems quite uncalled for.
Seems to me he was overcompensating in trying to overcome his own nihilism.
The work’s best moments come in his excoriation of the mealy-mouthed, the luke warm and the life haters, and in a joyous paean to existence: what we’d all like to feel.