Arthur Schopenhauer’s seminal work, “The World as Will and Representation”, became an important influence on what was to become psychiatry and psychology, as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Otto Rank among others assimilated many of his insightful concepts into their own theories of the soul, or psyche.
Frederich Nietzsche was heavily influenced by Schopenhauer’s ideas in this book and others, and in many ways viewed the world in a similar light. Although they had their own squabbles, as men of passion and conviction often do, they maintained a deep and eternal reverence for one another. Both Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, have been considered pessimists, atheists and certainly misanthropes but nothing could be further from the truth.
Both of these brilliant men lived in a time when the Prussian empire was transforming into a German Nationalistic State. They were actually idealists, romantics and saw the possibilities of human expression set against the backdrop of fatuous governmental and societal contrivances that frustrated their most loving sensibilities. Those that “see” the most, are often “seen” the least by others, and to express their truths like the prophets of old, must choose to deliberately endure much denigration for the sake of those that persecute them.