Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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of "killing their time," and of perishing
with it,--when they wish rather to quicken the time to life, and in
that life themselves to _live_.

But even if the future leave us nothing to hope for, the wonderful
fact of our existing at this present moment of time gives us the
greatest encouragement to live after our own rule and measure; so
inexplicable is it, that we should be living just to-day, though
there have been an infinity of time wherein we might have arisen;
that we own nothing but a span's length of it, this "to-day," and
must show in it wherefore and whereunto we have arisen. We have to
answer for our existence to ourselves; and will therefore be our own
true pilots, and not admit that our being resembles a blind fortuity.
One must take a rather impudent and reckless way with the riddle;
especially as the key is apt to be lost, however things turn out. Why
cling to your bit of earth, or your little business, or listen to
what your neighbour says? It is so provincial to bind oneself to
views which are no longer binding a couple of hundred miles away.
East and West are signs that somebody chalks up in front of us to
fool such cowards as we are. "I will make the attempt to gain
freedom," says the youthful soul; and will be hindered, just because
two nations happen to hate each other and go to war, or because there
is a sea between two parts of the earth, or a religion is taught in
the vicinity, which did not exist two thousand years ago. "And this
is not--thyself," the soul says. "No one can build thee the bridge,
over which thou must cross the river of life, save thyself alone.
There are paths and bridges and demi-gods without number, that will
gladly carry thee over, but only at the price of thine own self: thy
self wouldst thou have to give in pawn, and then lose it. There is in
the world one road whereon none may go, except thou: ask not whither
it lead, but go forward. Who was it that spake that true word--'A man
has never risen higher than when he knoweth not whither his road may
yet lead him'?"

But how can we "find ourselves" again, and how can man "know
himself"? He is a thing obscure and veiled: if the hare have seven
skins, man can cast from him seventy times seven, and yet will not be
able to say "Here art thou in very truth; this is outer

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