Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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uncanny seriousness of an owl," as Goethe has it.
But the world must go forward, the ideal condition cannot be won by
dreaming, it must be fought and wrestled for, and the way to
redemption lies only through joyousness, the way to redemption from
that dull, owlish seriousness. The time will come when we shall
wisely keep away from all constructions of the world-process, or even
of the history of man; a time when we shall no more look at masses
but at individuals, who form a sort of bridge over the wan stream of
becoming. They may not perhaps continue a process, but they live out
of time, as contemporaries: and thanks to history that permits such a
company, they live as the Republic of geniuses of which Schopenhauer
speaks. One giant calls to the other across the waste spaces of time,
and the high spirit-talk goes on, undisturbed by the wanton noisy
dwarfs who creep among them. The task of history is to be the
mediator between these, and even to give the motive and power to
produce the great man. The aim of mankind can lie ultimately only in
its highest examples.

Our low comedian has his word on this too, with his wonderful
dialectic, which is just as genuine as its admirers are admirable.
"The idea of evolution cannot stand with our giving the world-process
an endless duration in the past, for thus every conceivable evolution
must have taken place, which is not the case (O rogue!); and so we
cannot allow the process an endless duration in the future. Both
would raise the conception of evolution to a mere ideal (And again
rogue!), and would make the world-process like the sieve of the
Danaides. The complete victory of the logical over the illogical (O
thou complete rogue!) must coincide with the last day, the end in
time of the world-process." No, thou clear, scornful spirit, so long
as the illogical rules as it does to-day,--so long, for example, as
the world-process can be spoken of as thou speakest of it, amid such
deep-throated assent,--the last day is yet far off. For it is still
too joyful on this earth, many an illusion still blooms here--like
the illusion of thy contemporaries about thee. We are not yet ripe to
be hurled into thy nothingness: for we believe that we shall have a
still more splendid time, when men once begin to understand thee,
thou misunderstood, unconscious one! But if, in spite of that,
disgust shall come throned in power, as thou hast prophesied to thy
readers; if thy portrayal of the present and

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