Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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and the institutions in which he grew up, he must spare neither
person nor thing, however it may hurt him, he will be misunderstood
and thought an ally of forces that he abhors, in his search for
righteousness he will seem unrighteous by human standards: but he
must comfort himself with the words that his teacher Schopenhauer
once used: "A happy life is impossible, the highest thing that man
can aspire to is a _heroic_ life; such as a man lives, who is always
fighting against unequal odds for the good of others; and wins in the
end without any thanks. After the battle is over, he stands like the
Prince in the _re corvo_ of Gozzi, with dignity and nobility in his
eyes, but turned to stone. His memory remains, and will be reverenced
as a hero's; his will, that has been mortified all his life by
toiling and struggling, by evil payment and ingratitude, is absorbed
into Nirvana." Such a heroic life, with its full "mortification"--
corresponds very little to the paltry ideas of the people who talk
most about it, and make festivals in memory of great men, in the
belief that a great man is great in the sense that they are small,
either through exercise of his gifts to please himself or by a blind
mechanical obedience to this inner force; so that the man who does
not possess the gift or feel the compulsion has the same right to be
small as the other to be great. But "gift" and "compulsion" are
contemptible words, mere means of escape from an inner voice, a
slander on him who has listened to the voice--the great man; he least
of all will allow himself to be given or compelled to anything: for
he knows as well as any smaller man how easily life can be taken and
how soft the bed whereon he might lie if he went the pleasant and
conventional way with himself and his fellow-creatures: all the
regulations of mankind are turned to the end that the intense feeling
of life may be lost in continual distractions. Now why will he so
strongly choose the opposite, and try to feel life, which is the same
as to suffer from life? Because he sees that men will tempt him to
betray himself, and that there is a kind of agreement to draw him
from his den. He will prick up his ears and gather himself together,
and say, "I will remain mine own." He gradually comes to understand
what a fearful decision it is. For he must go down

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All was good to Nietzsche that tended to elevate man; all was bad that kept man stationary or sent him backwards.
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that their own scholarship is the ripest and most perfect fruit of the age--in fact, of all ages--to see any necessity for a care of German culture in general; since, in so far as they and the legion of their brethren are concerned, preoccupations of this order have everywhere been, so to speak, surpassed.
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At all events, the belief seems to be rife that we are in possession of a genuine culture, and the enormous incongruity of this triumphant satisfaction in the face of the inferiority which should be patent to all, seems only to be noticed by the few and the select.
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But to foist the doubtful title of "classics" upon them, and to "edify" oneself from time to time.
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" Indeed, our Philistines have ceased to be faint-hearted and bashful, and have acquired almost cynical assurance.
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And as to the catholicity; this is no distinction, more especially when, as in Lessing's case, it was a dire necessity.
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But for every one of them, ye were "the resistance of the obtuse world," which Goethe calls by its name in his epilogue to the Bell; for all of them ye were the grumbling imbeciles, or the envious bigots, or the malicious egoists: in spite of you each of them created his works, against you each directed his attacks, and thanks to you each prematurely sank, while his work was still unfinished, broken and bewildered by the stress of the battle.
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The universe, he is happy to inform us, is, it is true, a machine with jagged iron wheels, stamping and hammering ponderously, but: "We do not only find the revolution of pitiless wheels in our world-machine, but also the shedding of soothing oil" (p.
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As for us, we turn aside for a moment, that we may overcome our loathing.
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But where does this imperative hail from? How can it be intuitive in man, seeing that, according to Darwin, man is indeed a creature of nature, and that his ascent to his present stage of development has been conditioned by quite different laws--by the very fact that be was continually forgetting that others were constituted like him and shared the same rights with him; by the very fact that he regarded himself as the stronger, and thus brought about the gradual suppression of weaker types.
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Culture-Philistinism believes in itself, consequently it also believes in the methods and means at its disposal.
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therefrom is an overflowing source of suffering for those in process of development.
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Wherever he turns, the individual realises only too clearly his own shortcomings, his insufficiency and his incompetence; what courage would he have left were he not previously rendered impersonal by this consecration! The greatest of all torments harassing him, the conflicting beliefs and opinions among men, the unreliability of these beliefs and opinions, and the unequal character of men's abilities--all these things make him hanker after art.
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Regarded merely as a spectacle, and compared with other and earlier manifestations of human life, the existence of modern man is characterised by indescribable indigence and exhaustion, despite the unspeakable garishness at which only the superficial observer rejoices.
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Rather than lend an ear to illusive consolations, he prefers to turn his unsatisfied gaze stoically upon our modern world, and if his heart be not warm enough to feel pity, let it at least feel bitterness and hate! It were better for him to show anger and scorn than to take cover in spurious contentment or steadily to drug himself, as our "friends of art" are wont to do.
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and he never doubted that he would be able to do what they had done.
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The ruling idea which in a new form and mightier than it had ever been, obsessed Wagner, after he had overcome his share of despair and repentance, led him to both conclusions.
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host of cross currents dominated by one great violent stream; and though at first this stream moves unsteadily over hidden reefs, and the torrent seems to be torn asunder as if it were travelling towards different points, gradually we perceive the central and general movement growing stronger and more rapid, the convulsive fury of the contending waters is converted into one broad, steady, and terrible flow in the direction of an unknown goal; and suddenly, at the end, the whole flood in all its breadth plunges into the depths, rejoicing demoniacally over the abyss and all its uproar.