Story of a Mistake!
I’ve often noticed that some people don’t like Nietzsche because they find him sexist, arrogant and very blunt! I don’t think they know him very well. And stunningly, they are mostly men! It’s probably typical; they don’t know anything about him because they haven’t read anything from him. His style may not be easy to understand, but the correct way, from my point of view, is if we want to judge something or someone, we must know enough about them.
He was a genius, for sure, and to understand a genius, man needs some extra crazy view into life; ingenuity needs madness! I have grown up with geniuses, and I know that.
Anyhow, as I read from him more and more, I get to know the thin strings of his heart which now and then have been shaken by the cruelty of the world. Therefore, we might taste his bitterness when reading his works and between the lines.
Here is an excellent example of his philosophical and fanciful point of view about the philosophical world and humanity’s story: The Story of a Mistake!
Translated from his book; Götzen – Dämmerung (Idols – Twilight)
1. The true world, within reach of the wise, the pious, the virtuous – he lives in it, he is it. (Oldest form of the idea, relatively clever, simple, convincing. Paraphrasing of the sentence “I, Plato, am the truth.)
2. The true world, unattainable for now but promised to the wise, the pious, the virtuous (to the sinner who repents). (Progress of the idea: It becomes more delicate, more insidious, more incomprehensible – it becomes woman, it becomes Christian…)
3. The true world, unattainable, unprovable, not to promise, but even as thought a consolation, an obligation, an imperative. (Basically, the old sun, but through fog and scepticism, the idea has become sublime, pale, Nordic, Königsbergian.)
4. The true world, unreachable? At least unequalled. And as unequalled also unknown. Consequently, neither consoling, redeeming, obliging: what could something unknown oblige us to do?… (Gray morning. First yawn of reason. Cockcrow of positivism.)
5. The “true world” – an idea that is no longer useful, an idea that has become superfluous, consequently a refuted idea: let’s abolish it! (Bright day; breakfast; return of bon sens and cheerfulness; blushing ashamed of Plato; devilish noise of all free spirits.)
6. We abolished the true world: what world was left? The apparent, maybe? … But no! With the true world, we have also abolished the apparent one!
(Noon; a moment of the shortest shadow, end of the longest error; the climax of humanity; INCIPIT ZARATHUSTRA.)
Have a lovely weekend, dear friends. 🙏💖🤗💖🙏