Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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reiner der gesunde Leib, der vollkommne und
rechtwinklige: und er redet vom Sinn der Erde.

Also sprach Zarathustra.

Von den Verächtern des Leibes

Den Verächtern des Leibes will ich mein Wort sagen. Nicht umlernen und
umlehren sollen sie mir, sondern nur ihrem eignen Leibe Lebewohl sagen
- und also stumm werden.

"Leib bin ich und Seele" - so redet das Kind. Und warum sollte man
nicht wie die Kinder reden?

Aber der Erwachte, der Wissende sagt: Leib bin ich ganz und gar, und
Nichts ausserdem; und Seele ist nur ein Wort für ein Etwas am Leibe.

Der Leib ist eine grosse Vernunft, eine Vielheit mit Einem Sinne, ein
Krieg und ein Frieden, eine Heerde und ein Hirt.

Werkzeug deines Leibes ist auch deine kleine Vernunft, mein Bruder,
die du "Geist" nennst, ein kleines Werk- und Spielzeug deiner grossen

"Ich" sagst du und bist stolz auf diess Wort. Aber das Grössere ist,
woran du nicht glauben willst, - dein Leib und seine grosse Vernunft:
die sagt nicht Ich, aber thut Ich.

Was der Sinn fühlt, was der Geist erkennt, das hat niemals in sich
sein Ende. Aber Sinn und Geist möchten dich überreden, sie seien aller
Dinge Ende: so eitel sind sie.

Werk- und Spielzeuge sind Sinn und Geist: hinter ihnen liegt noch das
Selbst. Das Selbst sucht auch mit den Augen der Sinne, es horcht auch
mit den Ohren des Geistes.

Immer horcht das Selbst und sucht: es vergleicht, bezwingt, erobert,
zerstört. Es herrscht und ist auch des Ich's Beherrscher.

Hinter deinen Gedanken und Gefühlen, mein Bruder, steht ein mächtiger
Gebieter, ein unbekannter Weiser - der heisst Selbst. In deinem Leibe
wohnt er, dein Leib ist er.

Es ist mehr Vernunft in deinem Leibe, als in deiner besten Weisheit.
Und wer weiss denn, wozu dein Leib gerade deine beste Weisheit nöthig

Dein Selbst lacht über dein Ich und seine stolzen Sprünge. "Was sind
mir diese Sprünge und Flüge des Gedankens? sagt es sich. Ein Umweg
zu meinem Zwecke. Ich bin das Gängelband des Ich's und der Einbläser
seiner Begriffe."

Das Selbst sagt zum Ich: "hier fühle Schmerz!" Und da leidet es und
denkt nach, wie es nicht mehr leide - und dazu eben _soll_ es denken.

Das Selbst sagt zum Ich: "hier fühle Lust!" Da freut es sich und denkt
nach, wie es noch oft sich freue - und dazu eben _soll_ es denken.

Den Verächtern des Leibes will ich ein Wort sagen. Dass sie verachten,
das macht ihr Achten. Was ist es, das Achten und Verachten und Werth
und Willen schuf?

Das schaffende Selbst schuf sich Achten und Verachten, es schuf sich
Lust und Weh. Der schaffende Leib schuf sich den Geist

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