Translation of the introduction of my book in Hebrew: "Auto-Dictaturum - The Ascetic Overman", which is a one big political metaphor to the concept of individuality and my own interpretation of Nietzsche's "Overman", the Auto-Dictator.
Citizens of the world and the state; statesmen and stateswomen and the leaders of yourselves! We gathered here in this format of book in order to discuss something of importance, which, I assume, can contribute much to the human society and to its continuous design, after hundreds of years after these very lines.
I, T.A.R.S (my full name’s acronym), would like to continue Nietzsche’s way where he ended it before more than hundred years ago, in the discussion of the struggle of the great, righteous and evolving individuality; to inherit his theory and to develop it for a better and benevolent future; a future of liberty, autonomy, uncompromising willpower and self-authority. The great Nietzsche discussed a lot about the “Superman”, the entity which was graced with the rare trait of evolving beyond its simplistic and earthly humanity, and to live a life under the wings of self-dictation and the total liberation from the services and the authorities of religion, which constantly, according to him, dictate to the morality of slaves and to absolute obedience to external and abstract forces. As said before, over hundred years have been passed since the death of the great prophet of individuality, in which he effortfully fought throughout his life against his sickness by the written word, in order to promote humanity, and to lead it beyond its human, moral, good and evil limits.
I, however, by writing this book, I shall dedicate my life to the rise and the prosperity of the individualism, for it to be liberated from the abstract chains of the enslaving and limiting social consciousness - in the name of further evolving Nietzsche's theory of the rise of the “Superman”. There may be people that might see my craft, written with no financial reward, strange and even obscure and radical; they might claim that my arguments do not come in correlation with the reality and the social norms, and I might be classified as an extremist and even as an anarchist. However, I allow myself to claim that it is forbidden in no way to limit my or any other person’s right of speech and expression, regardless of one’s system of beliefs and the value of their messages, unless they are potentially dangerous or harmful to a person or a society’s security and safety. This is because further opinions, without dangerous potential, never sabotage, but add and enrich humanity regardless of their content but to their essence and to the right which justifies it.
I thus present to my audience, a person which is found beyond the “Superman”; to the meta of the meta of the human organism. I may not be a prophet and I lack para-normal abilities to predict the future or have control over it - but it is of my passion in my heart to have the ambition to contribute my efforts to the global individuality and to promote the individual and the conscious autonomy of every man. I thus present to you a new archetype which was educated - or self-educated - under the wings of liberalism, independence of self-authority; an archetype whose only enslavement is expressed under the written and official laws of the state they live in and nothing else; a person whose only official and legal leaders have the authority to tell them what to do, while they do not surrender to any external authority in which does not hold a legal position and status; a person that does not allow even their unwanted urges and feelings to govern over them. I discuss about a ruler, which is also a judge, a legalizer and an executioner (in the sense of executing ideas, not people) that it is not enough for them that they live according to their own standards; their standards work according to them, when everything controllable that exists in their body and mind have to possess their own permission or influence; a person whose authority on themselves and their merits comes from their department of awareness. I discuss therefore about the Auto-Dictator, or the self-ruler. With this archetype I suggest for other’s practice, every person is allowed to be one, regardless if they are currently independent or dependent, not less and not more than every other person, to this potential of self-authority and to this state of wisdom, insight and control.
If Nietzsche discussed in his theory about self-legalization, then I disagree with him on the following topic: that it is not enough in self-legalization, because it can also characterize the legislative as a president of a republic and a democracy; I claim, in contrast to Nietzsche that self-legalization does not need to be done by a prime minister or a president that was chosen by its citizens - but by an absolute tyrant which is above their own law, and whose every cell in their body, every thought in their brain and every emotion in their hearts - they shouldn’t be those that grant them the right to govern - his own authority is to be potentially irresistible - it should be the legalizer and the charter-giver to the existence of the body, the thought and the heart. Just like a head of a monastery possesses the control over the voice of their monks and nuns, the auto-dictator is the one to control the existence of each and every component which contain their physical and mental structure - and not the opposite.
The modern society is mistaken in its belief that a spontaneous and intuitive activity is the essence to the human freedom; the spontaneous and the intuition are like drugs that are taken by the addict in order to experience joy and enthusiasm, and thus the ruler is not the hand which inserts the drugs into their mouth, but the drugs themselves, and their desperate dependence over them, are the ones which technically govern in the addict’s spirit.
I do not afraid to claim the following: that the individualistic society is, theoretically, a society which can be compared to the addict’s blind belief, and not to the autonomous being. Therefore: in the ideological, immediate and general state of our crave-driven, hedonistic society, we are not autonomous beings, but “addicts” in masks of autonomous beings. A person which claims that they “want” to do something, is themselves enslaved to their desire; the lover is a slave of their love interest, and the one that does whatever they like is a mere submissive minion of the tyrant which is their will. In this case, Nietzsche was right: society is indeed a collective whose majority are slaves, and if they are not slaves of an external factor or entity, it is inevitable that they are slaves to their internal factors: to the authority of the thought, emotions and sensation in which they do not question.
But the auto-dictator - their internal components are themselves their slaves, tools and puppets which are hanged on strings they hold with their very own hands. I wonder, unsarcastically, who was the ignorant that devised the plague-like idea that the internal “demands” are equivalent to freedom. Nevertheless, the law of the model in which is shown and explained in this book is the archetype themselves, whereas their minions are his own internal components, whether physically or psychologically, which are forbidden by right and law to doubt the will of the auto-dictator - themselves, the aware entity - they themselves are equivalent to an unquestionable law.
The individual with a naked eye shall ponder: “What is, actually, the difference between the rulership of the internal component on the person and between the rulership of the exact person on the said components? Aren’t the internal components are a part of the individual, or to be more precise - the person themselves?” First of all, the difference is deep, whereas the pit which differs self-dictatorship and internal slavery is existence and, however, is hated by psychologists and hedonists: in order for the slave to submit to their master, the master ought to oppress their subject and limit their freedoms. for the human pack leader to express their authority.
To the canine-like pack member - the pack leader ought to oppress them for their sins regardless of how much innocently and powerlessly the slave externalizes their sadness or fear. The same is with the auto-dictator; they shall present their authority on their own urges. This is because for them to preserve their throne they ought to depress, restrict and even alienate on their opposing urges, if not, radically speaking, torture and deny their existence or to the reason they have awaken inside the individualist.
Second of all, even to this progressive and benevolent era, there is no exact definition about the individual’s identity. It is possible to claim that the individual is their body and brain, but both the body and the brain work without the total dictation of the person, and there are times where they are independent from the person themselves, which may contain at least some control over them. Therefore, throughout this entire book I shall assume that these organs necessarily separate from the individual, while the individual themselves, their “self”, is expressed from their being as an aware entity, and it is the supreme right of the aware entity to gain dictatorial control over their unaware components of their being, or at least affect them to an extant. This separation which exists between the aware entity and their subconscious, involuntary and uncontrollable components, obligates those who aspire to auto-dictatorship, to bridge these gaps and to unite them under their absolute and unquestionable authority.
Health specialist would probably claim that the theory in which I suggest is unhealthy. However, why isn’t it healthy of we as citizens and as family people, at frequent times to alienate our own will in the name of collective benefit? Does the average student goes to school because we wants to? Does the patient consume bitter medicine due to will? Does the parent truly wishes to punish their kids? Absolutely not! You claim that our will expresses our freedom, but I claim on the contrary that the will is nothing more than slave which pretends to be a tyrant to those that learned to obey the said will blindly. Do you think it is willpower which motivates me to write these lines? No. If I am to obey my will, I would be a weak, obese, drunk and less intelligent person. Our willpower is a limitation which prevents us to actualize the optimal potential which internally exists each and every day of our lives.
Have you ever heard about a factory which gives salary to workers which choose not to work? Not only it would be unfair, but also many potential amounts of production would be lost due to blind obedience to the “good” feeling.
This is why we are a society of slaves, because we tend to do what we “want” even if our will dictates us to commit evil and self-harm. Why thus should we trust an entity whose existence and its nature we cannot choose, and even can harm us? Thereby comes the time to elevate beyond every leg, arm and heart - and to settle on the throne that exist on our heads and to look ourselves from the top towards the bottom - like the glorious observer in a military parade, we are, with our full potential force on our own urges to march and march across our metaphorical countries, without any need to consider their personal and independent thought. For me, I may experience exhaustion and the temptation to be lazy - but I shall not surrender to this experience, and I shall continue to write until my last day of living! This is because the auto-dictator, with the power of their wisdom, prevents their troops any independent thought from the central body of being which is you - the aware entity. Each and every single cell is at the godly mercy of the auto-dictator!
This book is definitely one big metaphor to describe the potential each and every one of us can reach and actualize through merciless struggle against the internal components which we tend to see as our liberators, while in practice they are nothing more than tyrants we have learned to blindly obey. It is important to mention that this is not a self-help book; my writing does not replace psychological and psychiatrist services. I have no authority as a phycologist or as a psychiatrist.
I discuss about a theory it may be hard for westerners to fully digest, and even though I believe every one has the right to achieve the theory of the auto-dictatorship in their lives, not everyone is strong enough in order to combat our internal components for the reign of the auto-dictatorship. Furthermore - it would be harder to be victorious over them after struggle.
I do not intend to correlate myself and my theory to reality, but to work to change it and thus to actualize my life instead of wasting them uselessly due to pleasure, laziness and idleness. As we shall observe in this book, even these components are enemies even though they make us feel better with ourselves.
Those that I wish to thank are not alive; Aristotle that spoke abut realizing the life of merit; Hobbes that believed in dictatorship, egoism and social contract, Locke that advocated for our natural rights and, of course, Nietzsche the glorious philosopher that in my point of view is a role model and a source of extensive inspiration. All my thanks are given to them and for inspiring me to actualize myself as a philosopher that may be remembered in the memory of the future generations not because who I am but because the ideas I wrote under the printed word, whether by renown or infamously…
My readers, as I wrote in the prologue, this entire book is written metaphorically. Therefore I have decided, like in Hobbes’s “Leviathan”, to open my book with a list of key terms in which their clarification would contribute much to your general understanding of my theory. These metaphors are originated from politics, diplomacy and so forth, so it is crucial to clarify them for those that might see these metaphors as non-metaphors.
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