Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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the copy and
compendium of the whole world. If a man look at himself through a
veil of other people's opinions, no wonder he sees nothing but--those
opinions. And it is thus that the professors see and live. But
Schopenhauer had the rare happiness of seeing the genius not only in
himself, but also outside himself--in Goethe; and this double
reflection taught him everything about the aims and culture of the
learned. He knew by this experience how the free strong man, to whom
all artistic culture was looking, must come to be born; and could he,
after this vision, have much desire to busy himself with the
so-called "art," in the learned, hypocritical manner of the moderns?
He had seen something higher than that--an awful unearthly
judgment-scene in which all life, even the highest and completest,
was weighed and found too light; he had beheld the saint as the judge
of existence. We cannot tell how early Schopenhauer reached this view
of life, and came to hold it with such intensity as to make all his
writings an attempt to mirror it; we know that the youth had this
great vision, and can well believe it of the child. Everything that
he gained later from life and books, from all the realms of
knowledge, was only a means of colour and expression to him; the
Kantian philosophy itself was to him an extraordinary rhetorical
instrument for making the utterance of his vision, as he thought,
clearer; the Buddhist and Christian mythologies occasionally served
the same end. He had one task and a thousand means to execute it; one
meaning, and innumerable hieroglyphs to express it.

It was one of the high conditions of his existence that he really
could live for such a task--according to his motto _vitam impendere
vero_--and none of life's material needs could shake his resolution;
and we know the splendid return he made his father for this. The
contemplative man in Germany usually pursues his scientific studies
to the detriment of his sincerity, as a "considerate fool," in search
of place and honour, circumspect and obsequious, and fawning on his
influential superiors. Nothing offended the savants more than
Schopenhauer's unlikeness to them.


These are a few of the conditions under which the philosophical
genius can at least come to light in our time, in spite of all
thwarting influences;--a virility of character, an early knowledge of
mankind, an absence of learned education and narrow patriotism, of
compulsion to earn his livelihood or depend on the state,--freedom in
fact, and again freedom; the same marvellous and dangerous element in
which the Greek philosophers grew up. The

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And how they.
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" 482.
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--Should it then be the task of philosophy to reconcile what the child has learnt with what the man has come to recognise? Should philosophy be the task of young men because they stand midway between child and man and possess intermediate necessities? It would almost appear to be so if you consider at what ages of their life philosophers are now in the habit of setting forth their conceptions: at a time when it is too late for faith and too early for knowledge.
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"What do I matter?" is written over the door of the thinker of the future.