Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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Geländer über den Fluss
springen: wahrlich, da findet Keiner Glauben, der da spricht: "Alles
ist im Fluss."

Sondern selber die Tölpel widersprechen ihm. "Wie? sagen die Tölpel,
Alles wäre im Flusse? Balken und Geländer sind doch _über_ dem

"_Über_ dem Flusse ist Alles fest, alle die Werthe der Dinge, die
Brücken, Begriffe, alles `Gut` und `Böse`: das ist Alles fest!" -

Kommt gar der harte Winter, der Fluss-Thierbändiger: dann lernen
auch die Witzigsten Misstrauen; und, wahrlich, nicht nur die Tölpel
sprechen dann: "Sollte nicht Alles - _stille_stehn_?"

"Im Grunde steht Alles stille" -, das ist eine rechte Winter-Lehre,
ein gut Ding für unfruchtbare Zeit, ein guter Trost für Winterschläfer
und Ofenhocker.

"Im Grund steht Alles still" -: _dagegen_ aber predigt der Thauwind!

Der Thauwind, ein Stier, der kein pflügender Stier ist, - ein
wüthender Stier, ein Zerstörer, der mit zornigen Hörnern Eis bricht!
Eis aber - - _bricht_Stege_!

Oh meine Brüder, ist _jetzt_ nicht Alles _im_Flusse_? Sind nicht alle
Geländer und Stege in's Wasser gefallen? Wer _hielte_ sich noch an
"Gut" und "Böse"?

"Wehe uns! Heil uns! Der Thauwind weht!" - Also predigt mir, oh meine
Brüder, durch alle Gassen!


Es giebt einen alten Wahn, der heisst Gut und Böse. Um Wahrsager und
Sterndeuter drehte sich bisher das Rad dieses Wahns.

Einst glaubte man an Wahrsager und Sterndeuter: und darum glaubte man
"Alles ist Schicksal: du sollst, denn du musst!"

Dann wieder misstraute man allen Wahrsagern und Sterndeutern: und
_darum_ glaubte man "Alles ist Freiheit: du kannst, denn du willst!"

Oh meine Brüder, über Sterne und Zukunft ist bisher nur gewähnt, nicht
gewusst worden: und _darum_ ist über Gut und Böse bisher nur gewähnt,
nicht gewusst worden!


"Du sollst nicht rauben! Du sollst nicht todtschlagen!" - solche Worte
hiess man einst heilig; vor ihnen beugte man Knie und Köpfe und zog
die Schuhe aus.

Aber ich frage euch: wo gab es je bessere Räuber und Todtschläger in
der Welt, als es solche heilige Worte waren?

Ist in allem Leben selber nicht - Rauben und Todtschlagen? Und dass
solche Worte heilig hiessen, wurde damit die _Wahrheit_ selber nicht -

Oder war es eine Predigt des Todes, dass heilig hiess, was allem Leben
widersprach und widerrieth? - Oh meine Brüder, zerbrecht, zerbrecht
mir die alten tafeln!


Diess ist mein Mitleid mit allem Vergangenen, dass ich sehe: es ist
preisgegeben, -

- der Gnade, dem Geiste, dem Wahnsinne jedes Geschlechtes
preisgegeben, das kommt und Alles, was war, zu seiner Brücke umdeutet!

Ein grosser Gewalt-Herr könnte kommen, ein gewitzter Unhold, der mit
seiner Gnade und Ungnade alles Vergangene zwänge und zwängte: bis es
ihm Brücke würde und Vorzeichen und Herold und Hahnenschrei.

Diess aber ist die andre Gefahr und mein andres Mitleiden:

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