Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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play the buffoon and the monkey, and learn the arts that
make life amusing. But the German spirit cannot be more dishonoured
than by being treated as wax for any elegant mould.

And if, unfortunately, a good many Germans will allow themselves to
be thus moulded, one must continually say to them, till at last they
listen:--"The old German way is no longer yours: it was hard, rough,
and full of resistance; but it is still the most valuable
material--one which only the greatest modellers can work with, for
they alone are worthy to use it. What you have in you now is a soft
pulpy stuff: make what you will out of it,--elegant dolls and
interesting idols--Richard Wagner's phrase will still hold good, 'The
German is awkward and ungainly when he wishes to be polite; he is
high above all others, when he begins to take fire.'" All the elegant
people have reason to beware of this German fire; it may one day
devour them with all their wax dolls and idols.--The prevailing love
of "good form" in Germany may have a deeper cause in the breathless
seizing at what the moment can give, the haste that plucks the fruit
too green, the race and the struggle that cut the furrows in men's
brows and stamp the same mark on all their actions. As if there were
a poison in them that would not let them breathe, they rush about in
disorder, anxious slaves of the "three m's," the moment, the mode and
the mob: they see too well their want of dignity and fitness, and
need a false elegance to hide their galloping consumption. The
fashionable desire of "good form" is bound up with a loathing of
man's inner nature: the one is to conceal, the other to be concealed.
Education means now the concealment of man's misery and wickedness,
his wild-beast quarrels, his eternal greed, his shamelessness in
fruition. In pointing out the absence of a German culture, I have
often had the reproach flung at me: "This absence is quite natural,
for the Germans have been too poor and modest up to now. Once rich
and conscious of themselves, our people will have a culture too."
Faith may often produce happiness, yet _this_ particular faith makes
me unhappy, for I feel that the culture whose future raises such
hopes--the culture of riches, politeness, and elegant concealments--
is the bitterest foe of that German culture in which I believe. Every
one who has to live among Germans suffers from the dreadful grayness
and apathy of their lives, their formlessness, torpor and clumsiness,
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