Nietzsche Didn’t Die of Syphilis
Some of the romance does seem to go away from Nietzsche’s character, when a recent medical study claims he didn’t die of syphilis. It implies that he didn’t visit brothels and his delusions of grandeur were symptoms of a neurological disease called frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
It explains even his recurrent migraines, which according to Salomé in Friedrich Nietzsche in seinen Werken were the reason for constant, creative transformations in his thought, as if not his body, but his thoughts were in a cycle of illness and recovery. Nietzsche claimed his father had the same symptoms (which are not scientifically documented and therefore untraceable). This shows that the migraines can not themselves be considered symptoms of his thought processes. But the study goes even further to claim that the migraines were indicators of the same neurological disease that caused his insanity and death.
I am in awe of how Nietzsche was able to draw on his pain to achieve greatness. It is clear that self-pity can never lead there. The question is however, was he able to see beyond his pain to actually behold other people? Or did his pain confine him to a certain awareness of self that although it overcame self-pity was limited to a European kind of enlightenment that doesn’t go as far as some Buddhist forms? Any ideas?