Nietzsche Dionysis

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What method does Nietzsche use to become the Dionysian Overman? What perspective on life does the Overman adopt? How does it enable “amor fati” and express optimum Yes-saying to our present natural life in the world? How does this overcome “slave morality or religion”?
Nietzsche uses acceptance of fate, its obstacles, adversity and also its divinity to become the Dionysian Overman. He believes by affirming life in both its cruelty and beauty that we can achieve joy in the present without the need for beliefs in an afterlife or future existences. Nietzsche states the Overman holds a love for natural life, with no grudges or sense of resentment whilst others hold spitefulness despite their religious beliefs and hence they cannot enjoy life
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Nietzsche argues that in order to fully affirm amor fati one must kill off the God that restricts them from becoming a “creative nihilist” instead of a “no-saying nihilist”. Because when God is over man, man is restricted by a “duty-to-truth” (PHIL1087 #5). So by killing God which essentially is the ‘lion’ stage of metamorphosis we are thence at the ‘child’ stage being Dionysus able to view life as all “natural good and divine” (PHIL1087 #5) thus emancipating slave morality and religion. If we view life’s difficulties the same as life’s triumphs in the sense that it is all natural and hence just a part of life then we are able to view our existence with Dionysus-esque affection, “rejoicing in the divinity of nature as it unfolds” (PHIL1087 #5). This thus enables amor fati, the love of life and fate. Without God our life on earth is not bound by the will of another, just by our own and hence with no afterlife this is our only existence. This is seen as the ultimate spur and therefore expresses the ultimate yes-saying perspective.
Some take the perspective that death is the end and hence creates great motivation to get the most out of life. Nietzsche adds to this by arguing this, our only life will recur eternally. Nietzsche believes that if we truly affirm to amor fati and love our existence and our fate then we would surely want it to recur. The idea of Eternal Recurrence can thus be seen as “an extension of amor