I would just like briefly to report on my break and hope you won’t be so bored! That was actually my plan to set myself back a bit and to reduce the pressure on my mind. But as if! That was a stressful, exhausting time.Not only because I had to work to earn the needed money, but also because of other issues (difficulties) that came upon me without grace.One of them was that I had to take care of my grandchildren more often. As a dear grandpa, of course, that’s always a wish for me and of every grandpa to do it, but at my age sometimes it’s very exhausting, especially when I had to do it alone! Phew, they have such claims! And then my young neighbour from the top floor came along, who wanted at any case, to cut the branches of the trees in the garden and as I am not the one who sits quietly and watch, I had to join in! Besides, my dear wife, Regina, has planned to go south for an “alkaline fasting”. Of course, I couldn’t let her drive that far without really wanting to prepare our ten-year-old car. That meant that I had to drag the winter tires from the cellar into the car and drive to the car service station. I tell you: I had such a feeling when I went to bed, I fell like a log on the mattress. Well, I know and appreciate some adorable friends who have wished me a good rest and maybe even missed me. But unfortunately, I cannot speak of any recovery, maybe next time!!
Now I want to celebrate Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, who was born on October 15, 1844. He was a philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, writer, and philologist, and for sure, with a controversial soul who was hated and loved by many.
Of course, Nietzsche, by his statement: “God is dead”, does not deny the existence of God but missing its presence.
Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra says:
“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
“But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new if you had not first become ashes?”
Here, I have a piece to share with you from our Greek friends, Searching The Meaning Of Life, to have another look at this Genius. <And it is always useful such a lesson, when the freedom of man become tight!>
Happy birthday and thanks for your insane genius.
Our treasure is in the hive of our knowledge. And we always go there since we are winged insects of nature and collectors of the honey of the mind.
Like Schopenhauer, (and C.G.Jung), Nietzsche was interested in his youth, in the range of Eastern philosophies converging in India. The heir to a long spiritual tradition-oriented towards his knowledge, Ramana Maharsi was perhaps the last “great guru” to work with the instrument that makes us human: the mind.
Ramana encouraged his students to form the question: “Who am I?”. As soon as he learned that he had advanced cancer, he reassured his students, telling them, “I am not going anywhere. “Where could I go?”
Nietzsche compares the conquest of intellect to a bee, flying to the hive to create the purest honey, while Maharshi described the journey to the interior of each: “Like a pearl fisherman tying a stone in the middle of the belt, and sinks to the bottom of the sea to collect them, so each of us must be armed with “the renunciation of all”, to dive inside ourselves and acquire the pearl of ourselves “.
And to find this pearl, one does not need to go on a pilgrimage to India or engage in complicated spiritual exercises. It is enough to look inside of own calmly.
Most psychological warfare begins with what is not said rather than what is said. Let us recall the following scene: A got angry with B and cut him off since the latter forgot to wish him a happy birthday. At first, A may have wanted to say to him, “Listen, do you not know what the day it was yesterday?” the silence. B finally got angry with A, because he suddenly stopped answering his phone calls, while the only time he managed to talk to him, he seemed to be unhappy. A has a childish situation but much more common than one can imagine.
How many couples are angry at misunderstandings that take days or months to come to light? Is not the lack of communication the root of many conflicts at work?
Not saying things on time is an important stressor for those around us, as it creates a multitude of interpretations that end up against us.
Nietzsche, who was certainly not one of those whose tongues were hairy, teaches us that it is better to express what we feel – even if we do not find the right words – than to offend the other with our silence.
“The Regarding of the certainties that shape our reality, there is a modern narrative, ‘The Fairytale Company’, which talks about the danger of being imprisoned by our beliefs, as Nietzsche warns.
Once upon a time, there was a man who lived next to a public street and sold some delicious buns. The work was going so well that this man neither listened to the radio, nor read newspapers, nor paid much attention to television. His work was going so well that he was able to invest in advertising. People were buying their buns. And each time he got better and better and each time he invested more in his work.
In the summer he was visited by his son, who had returned from university where he was doing his master’s degree in business administration. The son, seeing the whole opening in means, lands and buns, said to him: -Father, do you not listen to the radio and do not read newspapers? We are in a huge crisis. All this is sinking.
The father thought: “My son has studied. He is informed. He knows what he’s talking about. “
So buy fewer ingredients to reduce bun production. He reduced a lot of expenses and curbed his advertising investment. Sales were declining day by day and after a while the business began to be in deficit. The man called his son at the university and told him:
You were right my son. “We are in a very big crisis.”
The man who would think of himself as absolutely good would be spiritually stupid.
If our conscience makes us human, then imperfection is a distinctive feature of our species. We humans spend most of our time correcting mistakes – it is enough to read any newspaper – rather than making things of value.
Accepting this element of human character helps us to be humble and even more importantly, makes us realize the vast field before us for improvement. Every failure or mistake teaches us at the same time how to achieve the best. Rigid people, who try to do everything well, already suffer the consequences of their imperfect actions. They tend to blame others for what they do badly and lose their temper when someone points out a mistake they may have made.
Nietzsche’s spiritual contribution is this: We can not always aspire to be good and do everything well, as long as we are willing to do things a little better today than we did yesterday.
The Japanese have a word, wabi-sabi, which defines the art of imperfection , in that which is incomplete, irregular and temporary there is beauty and life, because it contains the longing of nature to perfect itself.
Allan Percy: “Nietzsche: 99 Lessons in Everyday Philosophy” (2nd)
source: by Antikleidi, https://antikleidi.com