Nietzsche declared "God is dead."
He was referring to the modern trend toward agnosticism and atheism, and he frames God as a story.
That God was dead was shocking enough, but that we killed him, took Nietzsche to a heightened individual voice. He was bold and went against the grain.
All Gods are stories told by humans to explain existence, and most gods we have created are dead. Think of the Greek and Roman Gods, crushed by Christianity.
Nietzsche claims that modern life has eliminated the need for god, but he asks what will replace him. In other words, if you don't believe in God, where is your moral foundation? If you don't believe in God, how do you tell the story of existence in a powerful way that rings true?
Nietzsche values the individual who must always fight to keep from becoming a drone, one of the mindless masses. Tribes always threaten to strangle individuality, and resisting the majority is difficult. With and without god, people must fight for their individuality.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Write your own individual story and empower your voice.
In our hyper social and technological society, losing your individuality is likely unless you consciously resist the the cultural mass, writing your own authentic voice, arguing for your position and your reality. Authentic writing comes from your individual voice, deep down in the gut and diaphragm.
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
You write your unique truth, but the reality is yours alone, and there is not one true reality. There are as many realities as their are humans.
As humans we benefit from hearing the stories of others and testing their validity, but you cannot head out on a quest to find and declare ultimate truth because the other voices that speak have power too. That is if they can become an individual within the tribe. Your words will be tested by the tribe.
Other philosophers have recognized the difficulty of developing individuality among the masses who pressure you to conform. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
To achieve success, be your best self, write your own god.
Successful writing requires that you have the courage to be an individual.
And, in our media flooded world, with so many people and things fighting for our attention, finding yourself is no easy matter. However, your unique self-identity will make your writing powerful.
How to find your individual truth and voice becomes the essential question for writers. You are not whole as a writer if you follow the crowd, and your voice will be lost in the noise of other writers.
There are exercises that you can do to find your authentic voice, and I want to share some with you, hoping to empower your writing voice:
You can come up with other ideas of your own. Remember that the most famous writers are the one's with the most unique and individual voices.
Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner had distinct and strong voices. Writing in the same time period, they took opposite approaches to their writing style, Hemingway concise, brief, and tight, Faulkner long, wandering, and vague.
Discover what makes you unique and use it to empower your writing.
How have you found your own voice? What other ideas and techniques are helpful? Please respond in the comments below.
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