Fluidity as True Progress

by ds1844

“The form is fluid, the ‘meaning’ [Sinn] even more so. It is no different inside any individual organism: every time the whole grows appreciably, the ‘meaning’ of the individual organs shifts, sometimes the partial destruction of organs, the reduction in their number (for example, by the destruction of intermediary parts) can be a sign of increasing vigour and perfection. To speak plainly: even the partial reduction in usefulness, decay and degeneration, loss of meaning and functional purpose, in short death, make up the conditions of true progressus: always appearing, as it does, in the form of the will and way to greater power and always emerging victorious at the cost of countless smaller forces.” Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality, Essay II:12, 51.