The Twilight of the Idols - The Antichrist Complete Works, Volume Sixteen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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blushes for shame and all
free-spirits kick up a shindy.)


6. We have suppressed the true world: what world survives? the apparent
world perhaps?... Certainly not! _In abolishing the true world we have
also abolished the world of appearance!_

(Noon; the moment of the shortest shadows; the end of the
longest error; mankind's zenith; _Incipit Zarathustra._)


[1] Kant was a native of Königsberg and lived there all his life. Did
Nietzsche know that Kant was simply a Scotch Puritan, whose family had
settled in Germany?




MORALITY AS THE ENEMY OF NATURE



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There is a time when all passions are simply fatal in their action,
when they wreck their victims with the weight of their folly,--and
there is a later period, a very much later period, when they marry with
the spirit, when they "spiritualise" themselves. Formerly, owing to the
stupidity inherent in passion, men waged war against passion itself:
men pledged themselves to annihilate it,--all ancient moral-mongers
were unanimous on this point, "_il faut tuer les passions._" The
most famous formula for this stands in the New Testament, in that
Sermon on the Mount, where, let it be said incidentally, things are
by no means regarded _from a height._ It is said there, for instance,
with an application to sexuality: "if thy eye offend thee, pluck it
out": fortunately no Christian acts in obedience to this precept.
To annihilate the passions and desires, simply on account of their
stupidity, and to obviate the unpleasant consequences of their
stupidity, seems to us to-day merely an aggravated form of stupidity.
We no longer admire those dentists who extract teeth simply in order
that they may not ache again. On the other hand, it will be admitted
with some reason, that on the soil from which Christianity grew, the
idea of the "spiritualisation of passion" could not possibly have been
conceived. The early Church, as everyone knows, certainly did wage war
against the "intelligent," in favour of the "poor in spirit" In these
circumstances how could the passions be combated intelligently? The
Church combats passion by means of excision of all kinds: its practice,
its "remedy," is _castration._ It never inquires "how can a desire
be spiritualised, beautified, deified?"--In all ages it has laid the
weight of discipline in the process of extirpation (the extirpation
of sensuality, pride, lust of dominion, lust of property, and
revenge).--But to attack the passions at their roots, means attacking
life itself at its source: the method of the Church is hostile to life.


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The same means, castration and extirpation, are instinctively chosen
for waging war against

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Text Comparison with The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

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"Good and evil" form only a playful subdivision of this problem.
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They imagine that they are selfless in it because they appear to be seeking the advantage of another creature often to their own disadvantage.
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--Is there any need for an example? One has only to think of the regime which anaemic, or gouty, or diabetic people prescribe for themselves.
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--Once more I will venture to indulge in a little levity.
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What concern have we with the irritating brutality of the overture to the "Tannhauser"? Or with the Walkyrie Circus? Whatever has become popular in Wagner's art,.
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Nothing is known concerning Wagner, so long.
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If hard pressed, I might say that I regard it perhaps as an ideal toothpick, as an opportunity of ridding one's self of what remains of one's meal.
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And now just a word _en passant_ concerning Wagner's writings: they are among other things a school of _shrewdness_.
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The youthlet becomes a moon-calf, an "idealist".
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--Expressed more clearly for the sake of the "poor in spirit" it amounts to this: Brahms _or_ Wagner.
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But this he refuses to be! His tastes are much more in love with vast walls and with daring frescoes!{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} He does not see that his spirit has another desire and bent--a totally different outlook--that it prefers to squat peacefully in the corners of broken-down houses: concealed in this way, and hidden even from himself, he paints his really great masterpieces, all of which are very short, often only one bar in length--there, only, does he become quite good, great and perfect, perhaps there alone.
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What? would it really be the first virtue of a performance (as performing musical artists now seem to believe), under all circumstances to attain to a _haut-relief_ which cannot be surpassed? If this were applied to Mozart, for instance, would it not be a real sin against Mozart's spirit,--Mozart's cheerful, enthusiastic, delightful and loving spirit? He who fortunately was no German, and whose seriousness is a charming and golden seriousness and not by any means that of a German clodhopper.
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think that all music is the music of the "marble statue"?--that all music should, so to speak, spring out of the wall and shake the listener to his very bowels?{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} Only thus could music have any effect! But on whom would the effect be made? Upon something on which a noble artist ought never to deign to act,--upon the mob, upon the immature! upon the blases! upon the diseased! upon idiots! upon _Wagnerites_!{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} A Music Without A Future.
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Perhaps a few people, or at least my friends, will remember that I made my first plunge into life armed with some errors and some exaggerations, but that, in any case, I began with _hope_ in my heart.
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Even at the present day, France is still the refuge of the most intellectual and refined culture in Europe, it remains the high school of taste: but one must know where to find this France of taste.
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--In this respect one should not allow one's self to be misled by Wagner himself--it was simply disgraceful on Wagner's part to scoff at Paris, as he did, in its agony in 1871.
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But they were _ill_.
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{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} Trust in life has vanished; life itself has become a _problem_.
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Albeit its pre-requisite may be musico-aesthetic education, and _particularly_ with _moral_ indifference.
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He is one degree lower.