Der Übermensch is Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept introduced in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It can be translated into “the superhuman” or “the overman” – one who transcends human nature and has superior abilities.
I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?… All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood, and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is ape to man? A laughing stock or painful embarrassment. And man shall be that to overman: a laughingstock or painful embarrassment. You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape… The overman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the overman shall be the meaning of the earth… Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman—a rope over an abyss … what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.
This concept, though pessimistic and arrogant, can be an empowering thought and a powerful drive behind our lives. I am not asking you to think superiority in yourself like the Nazi adopted idea of a biologically superior race, and see inferiority in others. On the contrary, the modern Superhuman should act more like Superman (the one from the comic book) – powerful, purposeful, and always on a mission to help others. Because what use is self-improvement if it cannot benefit others?
Questions to ask yourself:
Do you live the life that you’ve always wanted? Or cower in your own comfort zone?
Are your days productive, the hours dedicated for self-improvement and self-enriching? Or are you wasting time and energy on unsubstantial matters?
Are you the Man behind the wheels, taking matters into your own hands? Or are you a devout follower of everything that you think you believe in?
Do you constantly question and challenge yourself? Or are you content with everything you have?
Are you the Übermensch (overman) or are you the Untermensch (underman)?
Focus on improving yourself, and use your expertise to help others, then the world can be a better place.
It starts within you.