I agree with much of his cynicism about human nature, but I want insight, I want to understand the origins of bad ideas more deeply, and I want to know the origin of GOOD ideas as well. I agree with him that most people will never free their minds, but I freely choose to use my mind for some end that betters society, because I actually do believe in my endeavors, and in service. I am not getting that from him 80 pages in. I'm getting increasingly tedious prose.
The one point I really liked was when he noted that there are people who could free their minds but choose to follow the leveling impulse and pursue fuzzy egalitarian agendas. I suppose I'm at a midpoint between him and them. I'll never drink their kool-aid, but I do want to make things better. I just want my eyes to be open as I do it, because I honestly believe that it will be better for other people, better for my sanity, and better for the bigger intellectual project that I actually care about.
The other point that I really liked, as noted in the previous post, was that all philosophies only contain what philosophers want them to contain. I think the deeper point is that no idea can contain more than went into it. This is something that I think about a lot in physics. I still can't quite believe that the Hamilton-Jacobi equation, which gets us within an inch of quantum mechanics, is an inevitable consequence of Newtonian mechanics (with time reversibility made more explicit than Newton made it). I need to think more deeply about this, and figure out where the hidden assumptions are.
So, auf wiedersehen, Herr Nietzsche.