Friedrich Nietzsche on Self Improvement

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Outline of the video:

  • Investment Banking & Consulting = Good
  • What is Master morality?
    • In the master’s mind(the investment bankers and consultants), they are what is good. They are powerful, rich, healthy, and these traits are good.
  • Pathos of Distance
    • In the master’s mind, others are bad. For example, [musicians, non-profit, artist(paint, photography, sculpture, filmmaker), unemployed, “useless” graduate programs (e.g. economics), sales, marketing, hr, etc.). They are the contrast of the masters.
  • I decided to not pursue these 2 career tracks for several reasons.
    • The moment when I decided not to pursue the investment banking or consulting career track is when I started developing slave morality.
  • What is Slave Morality?
  • Slave Revolt in Morality
    • For people like me, who decided to not pursue these careers and feel powerless and become haters, we say seeking power is hyper-achieving and not content, making lots of money is too much lust, working out everyday and staying healthy is craving for attention on their body
    • Instead, people like us, who don’t work hard and try so hard is being content with what we have, having self-appreciation, not looking for others to affirm our existence, what we do is good.
  • How and why does Slave revolt in morality happen?
  • Ressentimenet invents “evil”
  • What now??? Is having ressentiment good or bad?
  • Lesson to be learned

Reflection on this project

I have always been thinking about slave v.s. master morality after reading Nietzsche in class. However, it was not easy to film a video on this topic. I agree with Nietzsche’s view, but I find it hard to justify his view because most of the time the world is not separated black and white into slaves and masters. I switched the topic of the video from contemporary political issues to economic issues, but eventually, I narrowed the topic down to things I personally experienced in college. Even though it is a much smaller topic, but I believe most college students have been through this topic. I hope to give some real advice from Nietzche’e view to students who are struggling on this issue.

It was a challenge to talk to the camera for 15 minutes straight, and I had to refilm several times. As to the end of the video, I was already feeling way more comfortable than at the beginning of the video. I felt like I was actually talking to someone about a topic I am passionate enough to discuss instead of talking to a camera.

In terms of video editing, I tried to cut down the noises of helicopters flying by in the background as much as possible. I also added very uplifting background music. I tried my best to cut out all unnecessary word gaps and repetitive words. I also only added in one quote because I personally believe that too many quotes in a youtube video might lead the viewers to have less patience with the video content. In general, I think youtube, as a visual platform, have viewers who prefer to see someone talking into the camera instead of words on the screen.


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