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Tag: 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.

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.

… But only for Beasts of Prey

by markdyal

“Ideals are cowardice.” Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics, 33.

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.”

Toward Anthropological Revolution

by ds1977

“All sick and sickly people strive instinctively for herd organization. Wherever there are herds it is the instinct of weakness that willed the herd and the cleverness of the priest that organized it.” Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality, Third Treatise, Section 18.

Is Your Body Ready?

by ds1844

“Our own wild nature is the best place to recover from our un-nature, from our spirituality.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Arrows & Epigrams 6.

Between Remotest Cliffs of Icy Blue

by ds1881

“No longer path! Abyss and silence chilling!”

Thy fault! To leave the path thou wast too willing!

Now comes the test! Keep cool—eyes bright and clear!

Thou Art lost for sure, if thou permittest—fear.

Friedrich Nietzsche, “The Wanderer”, The Joyful Wisdom

One Thing Nietzsche Learned from the Norsemen

by ds1977

“Only that which has no history is definable.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality, Second Treatise 13, 268.

Many in the Valley, Few on the Mountain

by ds1977

– You old friends! Look! How pale and shocked are you,

Full of love and fear!

No, leave! Don’t be angry! You could not – live here:

between remotest cliffs of icy blue –

Here you must be hunter and chamois too.

Friedrich Nietzsche, “From Lofty Mountains,” Beyond Good and Evil