Posts Tagged ‘Nietzsche’

Irresponsibility and Innocence

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Man’s complete lack of responsibility, for his behaviour and for his nature, is the bitterest drop which the man of knowledge must swallow, if he had been in the habit of seeing responsibility and duty as humanity’s claim to nobility.

Good actions are sublimated evil actions; evil actions are good actions become coarse and stupid. The individual’s only demand, for self-enjoyment (along with the fear of losing it), is satisfied in all circumstances: man may act as he can, that is, as he must, whether in deeds of vanity, revenge, pleasure, usefulness, malice, cunning, or in deeds of sacrifice, pity, knowledge.
His powers of judgment determine where a man will let this demand for self-enjoyment take him.

Nietzsche F. (1878) Human All Too Human, pp.74,75 #107

Nietzsche on Freedom of Will

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Where the theory of freedom of will originated.

Over one man necessity stands in the shape of his passions, over another as the habit of hearing and obeying, over a third as a logical conscience, over a fourth as caprice and a mischievous pleasure in escapades. These four will, however, seek the freedom of their will precisely where each of them is most firmly fettered: it is as if the silkworm sought the freedom of its will in spinning.

How does this happen? Evidently because each considers himself most free where his feeling of living is greatest; thus, as we have said, in passion, in duty, in knowledge, in mischievousness respectively.

That through which the individual human being is strong, wherein he feels himself animated, he involuntarily thinks must also always be the element of his freedom: he accounts dependence and dullness, independence and the feeling of living as necessarily coupled. Here an experience in the social-political domain has been falsely transferred to the farthest metaphysical domain: in the former the strong man is also the free man; the lively feeling of joy and sorrow, high hope, boldness in desire, powerfulness in hatred is the property of the rulers and the independent, while the subjected man, the slave, lives dull and oppressed.

The theory of freedom of will is an invention of the ruling classes.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Nietzsche on Intellectual problems

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

‘One must want to experience the great problems with one’s body and one’s soul.
I have at all times written my writings with my whole heart and soul: I do not know what purely intellectual problems are.

You know these things as thoughts, but your thoughts are not your experiences, they are an echo and after-effect of your experiences: as when your room trembles when a carriage goes past.

I however am sitting in the carriage, and often I am the carriage itself.’*

In a man who thinks like this, the dichotomy between thinking and feeling, intellect and passion, has really disappeared. He feels his thoughts. He can fall in love with an idea. An idea can make him ill.

*F. Nietzsche, Posthumously-published notes

R.J. Hollingdale in F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Introduction (1969)

Nietzsche, on Failure

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Timid, ashamed, awkward, like a tiger whose leap has failed: this is how I have often seen you slink aside, you Higher Men.
A throw you made had failed.
But what of that, you dice-throwers!
You have not learned to play and mock as a man ought to play and mock! Are we not always seated at a great table for play and mockery?
And if great things you attempted have turned out failures, does that mean you yourselves are – failures? And if you yourselves have turned out failures, does that mean – man is a failure? If man has turned out a failure, however: very well! Come on!

F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883) p.303

The Betrayal of Authenticity as Pathos

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013