The Will to Power is one of the most fundamental concepts in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The central point revolves around gaining power over oneself, not others. It is the expression of self-overcoming, becoming who you truly are.

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One of the things I love about Nietzsche that seems so often overlooked in casual discussion is that he wasn’t hopeless. His philosophy was about making your own meaning in the face of a world that might not have any. There’s a ton about self empowerment and strength in the face of emptiness that helped me a lot.


Nietzsche got a lot of his ideas from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I don’t think a lot of people know this, not even philosophy aficionados sometimes. Over-man, will to power, eternal recurrence are all borrowed from Emerson’s essays which Nietzsche LOVED and expanded upon in his own way. Emerson’s beautiful and haunting Conduct of Life is a direct inspiration for Nietzsche’s Will to Power. Check out Emerson because most people won’t realize it but all the postmodernism in the later half of the 20th century that came from Nietzsche’s thinking, really came from Emerson who preceded them all with his thoughts. So postmodernism and even French postmodernism owes a huge debt to the American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. Fun fact!


The will to power is one of the most fundamental concepts in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. It is also one of his most complex concepts as it was never systematically defined in his works, leaving its interpretation open to debate. This video intends to shed light on this concept, tracing all the way back from his psychological insights of the “desire for power'” to the conception of “will to power”, as well as its relationship with the “will to existence”, “will to live” and “will to truth”. We will be focusing on what Nietzsche actually wrote and published himself during his active years, as well as making some references to his posthumously published notes (The Will to Power) where it is appropriate.


Jainism has kind of similar concept. The word “Jina” means victorious. He who conquers himself is called a Jina in Jainism.


Note that this book was compiled by his sister and some content was modified by her to come in line with her own ideas and values – take this book with a grain of salt