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Category: Friedrich Nietzsche

The Confusion of Rearing and Taming, Part Two

by markdyal

Rearing, as I understand it, is a means of husbanding the enormous powers of humanity in such a way that whole generations may build upon the foundations laid by their progenitors – not only outwardly but inwardly, organically, developing from the already existing stem to grow stronger

But there is an exceptional danger in believing that mankind as a whole is developing and growing stronger if individuals are seen to grow more feeble and more equally mediocre. Humanity – mankind – is an abstract thing … — The Will to Power, Book II, A Criticism of Morality, 398.

The Confusion of Rearing and Taming, Part One

by markdyal

In order to think fairly of morality, we must put two biological notions in its place: the taming of the wild beasts, and the rearing of a particular species.

The priests of all ages have always pretended that they wish to “improve.” … but we, of another persuasion would laugh if a lion-tamer ever wished to speak to us of his “improved” animals. As a rule, the taming of a beast is only achieved by deteriorating it: even the moral man is not a better man; he is rather a weaker man. But he is less harmful. — The Will to Power, Book II, A Criticism of Morality, 397.

For Our Friends, Who Would Rather Fight than Submit.

by markdyal

“Parliamentarianism, i.e. the public permission to choose between five basic political opinions, flatters and wins the favor of all those who like to appear independent and individualistic and would like to fight for their opinions. In the end, however, it is irrelevant whether the herd is commanded to have one opinion or permitted to have five. Whoever deviates from the five public opinions and steps aside will always have the whole herd against him.” The Gay Science, Book Three, 174.

Slave Power Moves the Bourgeois World, Part 1

by markdyal

“Nietzsche asks: who conceives of the will to power as a will to get oneself recognized? Who conceives of power itself as the object of a recognition? Who essentially wants to be represented as superior and even wants his inferiority to be represented as superiority? ‘It is the slave who seeks to persuade us to have a good opinion of him; it is also the slave who then bends his knee before these opinions as if it wasn’t him who produced them.’ What we present to ourselves as power itself is merely the representation of power formed by the slave. What we present to ourselves as the master is the image of the triumphant slave.” Gilles Deleuze and Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche and Philosophy 80-81, On the Genealogy of Morality 3:14.

Overcoming the Bourgeois Form of Life

by markdyal

Starts at home.

Superfluous (adj): the Man of the State

by markdyal

“There, where the State ends, only there begins the human being who is not superfluous; there begins the song of necessity, the unique and irreplaceable melody. There, where the State ends – look there, my brothers! Do you not see it, the rainbow and the bridges of the übermensch?” Zarathustra, “On the New Idol.”

Happiness: Not a Word! But an Opening to New Intensities

by ds1844

“To abandon our enslavement to truth – to have the force and courage to live with this world here and now! Happiness is the capacity or power to live one’s life actively – affirming the particularity or specificity of one’s moment in time. We live reactively, by contrast, if we try to find some true world above and beyond the world that appears to us. Nietzsche’s concepts strive to create multiple and diverse effects; a new mode or style of thinking.” Claire Colebrook, Gilles Deleuze, 19.