Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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ici son dernier maître: il veut être l'ennemi de ce maître,
comme il est l'ennemi de son dernier dieu; il veut lutter pour la
victoire avec le grand dragon.

Quel est le grand dragon que l'esprit ne veut plus appeler ni dieu ni
maître? "Tu dois", s'appelle le grand dragon. Mais l'esprit du lion
"Je veux."

"Tu dois" le guette au bord du chemin, étincelant d'or sous sa carapace
aux mille écailles, et sur chaque écaille brille en lettres dorées: "Tu

Des valeurs de mille années brillent sur ces écailles et ainsi parle le
plus puissant de tous les dragons: "Tout ce qui est valeur - brille sur

Tout ce qui est valeur a déjà été créé, et c'est moi qui représente
toutes les valeurs créées. En vérité il ne doit plus y avoir de "Je
veux"! Ainsi parle le dragon.

Mes frères, pourquoi est-il besoin du lion de l'esprit? La bête
robuste qui s'abstient et qui est respectueuse ne suffit-elle pas?

Créer des valeurs nouvelles - le lion même ne le peut pas encore: mais
se rendre libre pour la création nouvelle - c'est ce que peut la
puissance du lion.

Se faire libre, opposer une divine négation, même au devoir: telle, mes
frères, est la tâche où il est besoin du lion.

Conquérir le droit de créer des valeurs nouvelles - c'est la plus
terrible conquête pour un esprit patient et respectueux. En vérité,
c'est là un acte féroce, pour lui, et le fait d'une bête de proie.

Il aimait jadis le "Tu dois" comme son bien le plus sacré: maintenant
il lui faut trouver l'illusion et l'arbitraire, même dans ce bien le
plus sacré, pour qu'il fasse, aux dépens de son amour, la conquête de
la liberté: il faut un lion pour un pareil rapt.

Mais, dites-moi, mes frères, que peut faire l'enfant que le lion ne
pouvait faire? Pourquoi faut-il que le lion ravisseur devienne enfant?

L'enfant est innocence et oubli, un renouveau et un jeu, une roue qui
roule sur elle-même, un premier mouvement, une sainte affirmation.

Oui, pour le jeu divin de la création, ô mes frères, il faut une sainte
affirmation: l'esprit veut maintenant sa _propre_ volonté, celui qui a
perdu le monde veut gagner son _propre_ monde.

Je vous ai nommé trois métamorphoses de l'esprit: comment l'esprit
devient chameau, comment l'esprit devient lion, et comment enfin le
lion devient enfant. -

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra. Et en ce temps-là il séjournait dans la
ville qu'on appelle: la Vache multicolore.


On vantait à Zarathoustra un sage que l'on disait savant à

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