Nietzsche is dead
God, 1900 (via wishinfoolius)
Zarathustra was commenting on the coldness of religious belief in the modern age. When Zarathustra mentions that god is dead he is speaking a truth in society that the effective power of god in the daily life of citizens of the culture was ineffective. Zarathustra then speaks to man being the agent of his own meaning. We maintain this same thought today. We use different language, but when someone says “follow your dreams” they are effectively echoing the statement, “god is dead” for no religious community would ever have as a rule the belief that each individual is the agent of his own happiness.
This is, in very simplistic terms, what Nietzsche was declaring in this book.