Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child... To create new values—that, even the lion cannot yet accomplish: but to create itself freedom for new creating—that can the might of the lion do... Innocence is the child, and forgetfulness, a new beginning, a game, a self-rolling wheel, a first movement, a holy Yea. Aye, for the game of creating, my brethren, there is needed a holy Yea unto life: its own will, willeth now the spirit; his own world winneth the world's outcast.
Thus Spake Zarathustra, as wrote the philosopher Nietzsche.
I have a friend, we'll call him Zac. He seems to strongly, if not fervently, believe that spirit has metamorphosed into the child, and that he is a child (he is actually 33).
I think that wouldn't make him the Ubermensch, just a willful playful child man (Actually, he seems to agree he needs to change and grow --what use is the intellect of a child in a world dominated by lions?)
Why, according to Nietzsche, does the Ubermensch have the spirit of a child, and what else does my friend need in order to complete his transformation?
I also found this additional quote which may be relevant:
I love him who reserves no share of spirit for himself, but wants to be wholly the spirit of his virtue: thus he walks as spirit over the bridge.
So if I told "the child" to simply enjoy his virtues as he plays with them, would that be enough to make him the "over man"?