Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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aber mit _Stolz_.

Wer den Abgrund sieht, aber mit Adlers-Augen, wer mit Adlers-Krallen
den Abgrund _fasst_: Der hat Muth. - -


"Der Mensch ist böse" - so sprachen mir zum Troste alle Weisesten.
Ach, wenn es heute nur noch wahr ist! Denn das Böse ist des Menschen
beste Kraft.

"Der Mensch muss besser und böser werden" - so lehre _ich_. Das
Böseste ist nöthig zu des Übermenschen Bestem.

Das mochte gut sein für jenen Prediger der kleinen Leute, dass er litt
und trug an des Menschen Sünde. Ich aber erfreue mich der grossen
Sünde als meines grossen _Trostes_. -

Solches ist aber nicht für lange Ohren gesagt. Jedwedes Wort gehört
auch nicht in jedes Maul. Das sind feine ferne Dinge: nach denen
sollen nicht Schafs-Klauen greifen!


Ihr höheren Menschen, meint ihr, ich sei da, gut zu machen, was ihr
schlecht machtet?

Oder ich wollte fürderhin euch Leidende bequemer betten? Oder euch
Unstäten, Verirrten, Verkletterten neue leichtere Fusssteige zeigen?

Nein! Nein! Drei Mal Nein! Immer Mehr, immer Bessere eurer Art sollen
zu Grunde gehn, - denn ihr sollt es immer schlimmer und härter haben.
So allein -

- so allein wächst der Mensch in _die_ Höhe, wo der Blitz ihn trifft
und zerbricht: hoch genug für den Blitz!

Auf Weniges, auf Langes, auf Fernes geht mein Sinn und meine
Sehnsucht: was gienge mich euer kleines, vieles, kurzes Elend an!

Ihr leidet mir noch nicht genug! Denn ihr leidet an euch, ihr littet
noch nicht _am_Menschen_. Ihr würdet lügen, wenn ihr's anders sagtet!
Ihr leidet Alle nicht, woran ich litt. - -


Es ist mir nicht genug, dass der Blitz nicht mehr schadet. Nicht
ableiten will ich ihn: er soll lernen für _mich_ - arbeiten. -

Meine Weisheit sammlet sich lange schon gleich einer Wolke, sie wird
stiller und dunkler. So thut jede Weisheit, welche _einst_ Blitze
gebären soll. -

Diesen Menschen von Heute will ich nicht _Licht_ sein, nicht Licht
heissen. _Die_ - will ich blenden: Blitz meiner Weisheit! Stich ihnen
die Augen aus!


Wollt Nichts über euer Vermögen: es giebt eine schlimme Falschheit bei
Solchen, die über ihr Vermögen wollen.

Sonderlich, wenn sie grosse Dinge wollen! Denn sie wecken Misstrauen
gegen grosse Dinge, diese feinen Falschmünzer und Schauspieler: -

- bis sie endlich falsch vor sich selber sind, schieläugig,
übertünchter Wurmfrass, bemäntelt durch starke Worte, durch
Aushänge-Tugenden, durch glänzende falsche Werke.

Habt da eine gute Vorsicht, ihr höheren Menschen! Nichts nämlich gilt
mir heute kostbarer und seltner als Redlichkeit.

Ist diess Heute nicht des Pöbels? Pöbel aber weiss nicht, was gross,
was klein, was gerade und redlich ist: der ist unschuldig krumm, der
lügt immer.


Habt heute ein gutes Misstrauen, ihr höheren Menschen, ihr Beherzten!
Ihr Offenherzigen! Und haltet

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