Jenseits von Gut und Böse

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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vorigen Jahrhundert, als alle
Italiäner und Italiänerinnen zu singen verstanden, bei ihnen das
Gesangs-Virtuosenthum (und damit auch die Kunst der Melodik -) auf die
Höhe kam. In Deutschland aber gab es (bis auf die jüngste Zeit, wo
eine Art Tribünen-Beredtsamkeit schüchtern und plump genug ihre jungen
Schwingen regt) eigentlich nur Eine Gattung öffentlicher und ungefähr
kunstmässiger Rede: das ist die von der Kanzel herab. Der Prediger
allein wusste in Deutschland, was eine Silbe, was ein Wort wiegt,
inwiefern ein Satz schlägt, springt, stürzt, läuft, ausläuft, er
allein hatte Gewissen in seinen Ohren, oft genug ein böses Gewissen:
denn es fehlt nicht an Gründen dafür, dass gerade von einem Deutschen
Tüchtigkeit in der Rede selten, fast immer zu spät erreicht wird.
Das Meisterstück der deutschen Prosa ist deshalb billigerweise das
Meisterstück ihres grössten Predigers: die Bibel war bisher das beste
deutsche Buch. Gegen Luther's Bibel gehalten ist fast alles Übrige nur
"Litteratur" - ein Ding, das nicht in Deutschland gewachsen ist und
darum auch nicht in deutsche Herzen hinein wuchs und wächst: wie es
die Bibel gethan hat.


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Es giebt zwei Arten des Genie's: eins, welches vor allem zeugt und
zeugen will, und ein andres, welches sich gern befruchten lässt und
gebiert. Und ebenso giebt es unter den genialen Völkern solche, denen
das Weibsproblem der Schwangerschaft und die geheime Aufgabe des
Gestaltens, Ausreifens, Vollendens zugefallen ist - die Griechen zum
Beispiel waren ein Volk dieser Art, insgleichen die Franzosen -;
und andre, welche befruchten müssen und die Ursache neuer Ordnungen
des Lebens werden, - gleich den Juden, den Römern und, in aller
Bescheidenheit gefragt, den Deutschen? - Völker gequält und entzückt
von unbekannten Fiebern und unwiderstehlich aus sich herausgedrängt,
verliebt und lüstern nach fremden Rassen (nach solchen, welche sich
"befruchten lassen" -) und dabei herrschsüchtig wie Alles, was sich
voller Zeugekräfte und folglich "von Gottes Gnaden" weiss. Diese
zwei Arten des Genie's suchen sich, wie Mann und Weib; aber sie
missverstehen auch einander, - wie Mann und Weib.


249.

Jedes Volk hat seine eigne Tartüfferie, und heisst sie seine Tugenden.
- Das Beste, was man ist, kennt man nicht, - kann man nicht kennen.


250.

Was Europa den Juden verdankt? - Vielerlei, Gutes und Schlimmes, und
vor allem Eins, das vom Besten und Schlimmsten zugleich ist: den
grossen Stil in der Moral, die Furchtbarkeit und Majestät unendlicher
Forderungen, unendlicher Bedeutungen, die ganze Romantik und
Erhabenheit der moralischen Fragwürdigkeiten - und folglich gerade
den anziehendsten, verfänglichsten und ausgesuchtesten Theil jener
Farbenspiele und Verführungen zum Leben, in deren Nachschimmer heute
der Himmel unsrer europäischen Cultur, ihr Abend-Himmel, glüht, -
vielleicht verglüht. Wir Artisten unter den Zuschauern und Philosophen
sind dafür den Juden - dankbar.


251.

Man muss es in den Kauf

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