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What Silly Ol' Fred Said

Or, Smilin' at Nihlism

By Sonia Heidi UnruhPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Friedrich Nietzsche drawn by Hans Olde, via Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

A gruff German thinker named Nietsche

Said, "Reason's got nothing to teach ya.

Religion's a sham.

Be your own super-man!"

But I think that's just overreach, ja?


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German existential philosopher and poet, profoundly influenced Western nihilism with the idea that meaning and morality in life are whatever we define them to be. He famously pronounced: "God is dead."

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  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Nice one. Makes u think.

  • PK Colleran2 months ago

    Clever and super fun! Love seeing Nietzsche in a limerick ☘️.

  • Muhammad Naveed2 months ago

    Your pick of Nietsche is the best .

  • I like your limerick very much, especially using Nietzsche as your subject matter. When I try to read it aloud, however, the last line feels awkward to me, as though it's missing a syllable. When I replace "that's" with "that is" I find that it flows smoothly without changing the meaning. (First, I tried adding "his" before "overreach" but that restricts the overreach to Nietzsche instead of applying to all who embrace his idea of the "super-man.") The extra syllable in line 4 works just fine as a pickup beat so I had no difficulty with that. Anyway, that's just a thought. Great work! It takes me back to my seminary days when the graffiti in the bathrooms tended to be things like "John Locke" with an arrow pointing, well, you know, to the lock on the door.

  • Madison Newton2 months ago

    Great job!

  • Lisa A Lachapelle2 months ago

    Haaa, good one!! Happy to subscribe to your work

  • Loryne Andawey2 months ago

    "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him." Therein lies the horror. Clever limerick and congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Jordan Twiss2 months ago

    This is really clever. Well done! A very deserving top story!

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  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Wunderbar! so glad this got Top Story! Congrats!

  • Alina Z3 months ago

    Quite an amusing rhyme for a very serious protagonist. Like someone else said in comments, it's whimsical and clever. Well done, jawohl!

  • Stevi-Lee Alver3 months ago

    Whenever I read Nietzsche I feel as though I’m being shouted at

  • This was just brilliant! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Kendall Defoe3 months ago

    Not bad at all, mein uberwench!

  • Conor Darrall3 months ago

    This is lovely! Well deserved Top Story placement! Liked and subscribed :)

  • Congratulations on your Top Story, Great story

  • Melissa Ingoldsby3 months ago

    Very well put; this was ironically satire in the best way! Congratulations on this great piece, and top story!

  • Thavien Yliaster3 months ago

    Hehe, "Ja!" Sounds very Germanic. I think Nietsche wants us to not rely so much on outside forces So, we should use more common sense along with school courses We should all learn a bit from life Not everything's our fault that causes us a bit of strife Sometimes we overthink our knowledge sources

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    Wonderfully clever!! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Roy Stevens3 months ago

    That's very clever- well done!

  • Gina C.3 months ago

    Very clever! Amazing! 🤩

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Very clever. Nicely done.

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