Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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motive that ever drives them onward; and even if they are born late,
there is a way of living by which they can forget it--and future
generations will know them only as the first-comers.


Is perhaps our time such a "first-comer"? Its historical sense is so
strong, and has such universal and boundless expression, that future
times will commend it, if only for this, as a first-comer--if there
be any future time, in the sense of future culture. But here comes a
grave doubt. Close to the modern man's pride there stands his irony
about himself, his consciousness that he must live in a historical,
or twilit, atmosphere, the fear that he can retain none of his
youthful hopes and powers. Here and there one goes further into
cynicism, and justifies the course of history, nay, the whole
evolution of the world, as simply leading up to the modern man,
according to the cynical canon:--"what you see now had to come, man
had to be thus and not otherwise, no one can stand against this
necessity." He who cannot rest in a state of irony flies for refuge
to the cynicism. The last decade makes him a present of one of its
most beautiful inventions, a full and well-rounded phrase for this
cynicism: he calls his way of living thoughtlessly and after the
fashion of his time, "the full surrender of his personality to the
world-process." The personality and the world-process! The
world-process and the personality of the earthworm! If only one did
not eternally hear the word "world, world, world," that hyperbole of
all hyperboles; when we should only speak, in a decent manner, of
"man, man, man"! Heirs of the Greeks and Romans, of Christianity? All
that seems nothing to the cynics. But "heirs of the world-process";
the final target of the world-process; the meaning and solution of
all riddles of the universe, the ripest fruit on the tree of
knowledge!--that is what I call a right noble thought: by this token
are the firstlings of every time to be known, although they may have
arrived last. The historical imagination has never flown so far, even
in a dream; for now the history of man is merely the continuation of
that of animals and plants: the universal historian finds traces of
himself even in the utter depths of the sea, in the living slime. He
stands astounded in face of the enormous way that man has run, and
his gaze quivers before the mightier wonder, the modern man who can
see all this way! He stands proudly on the pyramid of the
world-process: and while

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To greybeards I'm.