Götzen-Dämmerung

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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liegt mitunter
nicht in dem, was man mit ihr erreicht, sondern in dem, was man
für sie bezahlt, - was sie uns kostet. Ich gebe ein Beispiel. Die
liberalen Institutionen hören alsbald auf, liberal zu sein, sobald
sie erreicht sind: es giebt später keine ärgeren und gründlicheren
Schädiger der Freiheit, als liberale Institutionen. Man weiss ja, was
sie zu Wege bringen: sie unterminiren den Willen zur Macht, sie sind
die zur Moral erhobene Nivellirung von Berg und Tal, sie machen
klein, feige und genüsslich, - mit ihnen triumphirt jedesmal das
Heerdenthier. Liberalismus: auf deutsch Heerden-Verthierung...
Dieselben Institutionen bringen, so lange sie noch erkämpft werden,
ganz andere Wirkungen hervor; sie fördern dann in der That die
Freiheit auf eine mächtige Weise. Genauer zugesehn, ist es der Krieg,
der diese Wirkungen hervorbringt, der Krieg um liberale Institutionen,
der als Krieg die illiberalen Instinkte dauern lässt. Und der Krieg
erzieht zur Freiheit. Denn was ist Freiheit! Dass man den Willen zur
Selbstverantwortlichkeit hat. Dass man die Distanz, die uns abtrennt,
festhält. Dass man gegen Mühsal, Härte, Entbehrung, selbst gegen das
Leben gleichgültiger wird. Dass man bereit ist, seiner Sache Menschen
zu opfern, sich selber nicht abgerechnet. Freiheit bedeutet, dass
die männlichen, die kriegs- und siegsfrohen Instinkte die Herrschaft
haben über andre Instinkte, zum Beispiel über die des "Glücks". Der
freigewordne Mensch, um wie viel mehr der freigewordne Geist, tritt
mit Füssen auf die verächtliche Art von Wohlbefinden, von dem Krämer,
Christen, Kühe, Weiber, Engländer und andre Demokraten träumen. Der
freie Mensch ist Krieger. - Wonach misst sich die Freiheit, bei
Einzelnen, wie bei Völkern? Nach dem Widerstand, der überwunden werden
muss, nach der Mühe, die es kostet, oben zu bleiben. Den höchsten
Typus freier Menschen hätte man dort zu suchen, wo beständig der
höchste Widerstand überwunden wird: fünf Schritt weit von der
Tyrannei, dicht an der Schwelle der Gefahr der Knechtschaft. Dies ist
psychologisch wahr, wenn man hier unter den "Tyrannen" unerbittliche
und furchtbare Instinkte begreift, die das Maximum von Autorität und
Zucht gegen sich herausfordern - schönster Typus Julius Caesar -;
dies ist auch politisch wahr, man mache nur seinen Gang durch die
Geschichte. Die Völker, die Etwas werth waren, werth wurden, wurden
dies nie unter liberalen Institutionen: die grosse Gefahr machte
Etwas aus ihnen, das Ehrfurcht verdient, die Gefahr, die uns unsre
Hülfsmittel, unsre Tugenden, unsre Wehr und Waffen, unsern Geist erst
kennen lehrt, - die uns zwingt, stark zu sein... Erster Grundsatz:
man muss es nöthig haben, stark zu sein: sonst wird man's nie. - Jene
grossen Treibhäuser für starke, für die stärkste Art Mensch, die es
bisher gegeben hat, die aristokratischen Gemeinwesen in der Art von
Rom und Venedig verstanden Freiheit genau

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This is a new and quite original occurrence: the State assumes the attitude of a mystogogue of culture, and, whilst it promotes its own ends, it obliges every one of its servants not to appear in its presence without the torch of universal State education in their hands, by the flickering light of which they may again recognise the State as the highest goal, as the reward of all their strivings after education.
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It is more and more clearly evident that we have no educational institutions at all; but that we ought to have them.
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What is lost by this new point of view is not only a poetical phantasmagoria, but the instinctive, true, and unique point of view, instead of which we have shrewd and clever calculations, and, so to speak, overreachings of nature.
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And if it had been possible for you to take Goethe's friendship away from this melancholy, hasty life, hunted to premature death, then you would have crushed him even sooner than you did.
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For a few minutes not a word more was spoken.
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FOOTNOTES: [6] It will be apparent from these words that Nietzsche is still under the influence of Schopenhauer.
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The student hears.
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Look at the free student, the herald of self-culture: guess what his instincts are; explain him from his needs! How does his culture appear to you when you measure it by three graduated scales: first, by his need for philosophy; second, by his instinct for art; and third, by Greek and Roman antiquity as the incarnate categorical imperative of all culture? "Man is so much encompassed about by the most serious and difficult problems that, when they are brought to his attention in the right way, he is impelled betimes towards a lasting kind of philosophical wonder, from which alone, as a fruitful soil, a deep and noble culture can grow forth.
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The universities of the present time consequently give no heed to almost extinct educational predilections like these, and found their philological chairs for the training of new and exclusive generations of philologists, who on their part give similar philological preparation in the public schools--a vicious circle which is useful neither to philologists nor to public schools, but which above all accuses the university for the third time of not being what it so pompously proclaims itself to be--a training ground for culture.
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He rose with the same aspect of proud indignation as Schiller may have had when reciting the _Robbers_ to his companions: and if he had prefaced his drama with the picture of a lion, and the motto, 'in tyrannos,' his follower himself was that very lion preparing to spring; and every 'tyrant' began to tremble.
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This eternal hierarchy, towards which all things naturally tend, is always threatened by that pseudo-culture which now sits on the throne of the present.
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