Monday, January 31, 2011


A while back, FLG mentioned that he need to read more Nietzsche. He'd only read excerpts, and given the influence Nietzsche has had FLG felt he should read more. Well, FLG has been reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra and he can't shake the feeling that it's the ravings of a madman. Now, FLG knows Nietzsche used a madmand to say "God is Dead," but FLG just can't get his head around how fucked up this shit is.

Look, FLG is very good at reading authors sympathetically. He sits down, willing to accept their point of view. Sure, it's harder with people whom FLG disagrees. But he can read many authors with whom he has passionate disagreements sympathetically. Usually, he just needs to find one piece that makes sense and he can climb on-board. But Nietzsche? He's nuts. His entire way of looking at the world seems not just different, but mad. That madness is probably appealing to some, FLG surmises. They probably see the world itself as mad, like Nietzsche does, and find liberation in his madness. But FLG just can't get on-board. It's all the ravings of a lunatic as far as FLG is concerned, and he wonders why people devote so much attention to Nietzsche. Sure, he was the first to proclaim God is Dead, and insofar as that's true or appealing to people, FLG understands why Nietzsche would spark some sort of fascination. But FLG simply chalks it up to sometimes even crazy people say interesting or true things. Nothing more.

FLG will continue reading, but it's tough going.


Withywindle said...

Freddy, Freddy ...

Miss Self-Important said...

This is ironic next to your previous post bewailing the lack of creativity in American society. That's what Nietzsche wanted, after all--for us to overturn our exhausted moral systems that require obedience to the weak and undeserving for the sake of creativity. Shouldn't you be on board with that?

FLG said...


Oh, don't think I missed that.

It's a matter of Golden Mean between Apollonian and Dionysian. Nietzsche is way off hte deep end.

Speedy G said...

Nietzsche, WtP 493 (1885)

"Truth is the kind of error without which a certain species of life could not live. The value for life is ultimately decisive."

534 (1887-1888)

"The criterion of truth resides in the enhancement of the feeling of power."

It's not "madness". There's both logic and a "system' to it.

FLG said...


The question is whether something can be logical and systematic while still being mad, and my answer is yes. That's Nietzsche.

S. Petersen said...

His appeal comes from that interesting array of consonants in the middle of his name. Who else has that?

The Pentagraph Kid said...

Well, there's John Tzsch, for starters.

Speedy G said...

The question is whether something can be logical and systematic while still being mad, and my answer is yes. That's Nietzsche.

lol! Then that's also the rest of humanity.

Every spider "swollen up to the first Magnitude, by the Destruction of infinite Numbers of Flies" is mad outside the confines of his own web. (Jonathan Swift, "Battle of the Books"). But don't mind me, I'm just a bumbler... ;)

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