Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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of his fingers
in unravelling the knots. He has lost or destroyed his instinct; he
can no longer trust the "divine animal" and let the reins hang loose,
when his understanding fails him and his way lies through the desert.
His individuality is shaken, and left without any sure belief in
itself; it sinks into its own inner being, which only means here the
disordered chaos of what it has learned, which will never express
itself externally, being mere dogma that cannot turn to life. Looking
further, we see how the banishment of instinct by history has turned
men to shades and abstractions: no one ventures to show a
personality, but masks himself as a man of culture, a savant, poet or

If one take hold of these masks, believing he has to do with a
serious thing and not a mere puppet-show--for they all have an
appearance of seriousness--he will find nothing but rags and coloured
streamers in his hands. He must deceive himself no more, but cry
aloud, "Off with your jackets, or be what you seem!" A man of the
royal stock of seriousness must no longer be Don Quixote, for he has
better things to do than to tilt at such pretended realities. But he
must always keep a sharp look about him, call his "Halt! who goes
there?" to all the shrouded figures, and tear the masks from their
faces. And see the result! One might have thought that history
encouraged men above all to be honest, even if it were only to be
honest fools: this used to be its effect, but is so no longer.
Historical education and the uniform frock-coat of the citizen are
both dominant at the same time. While there has never been such a
full-throated chatter about "free personality," personalities can be
seen no more (to say nothing of free ones); but merely men in
uniform, with their coats anxiously pulled over their ears.
Individuality has withdrawn itself to its recesses; it is seen no
more from the outside, which makes one doubt if it be possible to
have causes without effects. Or will a race of eunuchs prove to be
necessary to guard the historical harem of the world? We can
understand the reason for their aloofness very well. Does it not seem
as if their task were to watch over history to see that nothing comes
out except other histories, but no deed that might be historical; to
prevent personalities becoming "free," that is, sincere towards
themselves and others, both in word and deed? Only through this
sincerity will the inner need and misery

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