The way Nietzsche talks about the last man suggests that they are concerned with making life more bearable, and not much else.
A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And much poison at the end for a pleasant death.
One still works, for work is a pastime. But one is careful lest the pastime should hurt one.
(Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Chapter 5)
But what if, I'm wondering, life was intolerable?
- Is it any attempt to make life livable (rather than living life) which makes the last man an affront to mankind? Or,
- Is theirs a particular lack in doing so; and if so what?
Could one read Nietzsche's work as saying that it is the inability to see "power" except in socioeconomic terms that which is making man undesirable?