Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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perverted desire of a fool--this is what it means to be
an animal. If universal nature leads up to man, it is to show us that
he is necessary to redeem her from the curse of the beast's life, and
that in him existence can find a mirror of itself wherein life
appears, no longer blind, but in its real metaphysical significance.
But we should consider where the beast ends and the man begins--the
man, the one concern of Nature. As long as any one desires life as a
pleasure in itself, he has not raised his eyes above the horizon of
the beast; he only desires more consciously what the beast seeks by a
blind impulse. It is so with us all, for the greater part of our
lives. We do not shake off the beast, but are beasts ourselves,
suffering we know not what.

But there are moments when we do know; and then the clouds break, and
we see how, with the rest of nature, we are straining towards the
man, as to something that stands high above us. We look round and
behind us, and fear the sudden rush of light; the beasts are
transfigured, and ourselves with them. The enormous migrations of
mankind in the wildernesses of the world, the cities they found and
the wars they wage, their ceaseless gatherings and dispersions and
fusions, the doctrines they blindly follow, their mutual frauds and
deceits, the cry of distress, the shriek of victory--are all a
continuation of the beast in us: as if the education of man has been
intentionally set back, and his promise of self-consciousness
frustrated; as if, in fact, after yearning for man so long, and at
last reaching him by her labour, Nature should now recoil from him
and wish to return to a state of unconscious instinct. Ah! she has
need of knowledge, and shrinks before the very knowledge she needs:
the flame flickers unsteadily and fears its own brightness, and takes
hold of a thousand things before the one thing for which knowledge is
necessary. There are moments when we all know that our most elaborate
arrangements are only designed to give us refuge from our real task
in life; we wish to hide our heads somewhere as if our Argus-eyed
conscience could not find us out; we are quick to send our hearts on
state-service, or money-making, or social duties, or scientific work,
in order to possess them no longer ourselves; we are more willing and
instinctive slaves of the hard day's work than mere living requires,
because it seems to us more necessary

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