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Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra [Final week]

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  • Nikki S.

    Nuts! Sorry, but something came up at the last minute and I don't think I'll be able to make it. If I can come late, I'll let you know.

    Sorry again...and I really wanted to be part of these. ><

    October 16, 2013

  • Brian

    Work conflict. Will Try to meet after at least

    October 16, 2013

  • Manoj V.

    Got flu and soar throat. Will not be able to join.

    October 16, 2013

    • Manoj V.

      I meant sore throat not the flying throat. ;-)

      October 16, 2013

  • Luke L.

    “And at that time it also happened---and verily, it happened for the first time---that his word pronounced selfishness blessed, the wholesome, healthy selfishness that wells from a powerful soul---from a powerful soul which belongs the high body, beautiful, triumphant, refreshing, around which everything becomes a mirror---the supple, persuasive body, the dancer whose parable and epitome is the self-enjoying soul. The self-enjoyment of such bodies and souls calls itself “virtue.”

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Luke L.

      Nietzsche goes beyond simple criticism of Christianity and contemporary morality. He provides a psychological framework for his "anti-morality,"­ and he does it with such exceptional eloquence. I've personally never read another philosopher or psychologist who can present his interpretations of humanity so clearly and artfully. For my money, his artistic genius is as unique and powerful as any I've been lucky enough to experience.

      October 16, 2013

    • Luke L.

      *** In comparison, this passage is also an example of why I prefer the Kaufmann translation. Perhaps there is some embellishment here, but I find the poetry of Kaufmann's translations to be unmatched; they're coherent and beautiful throughout all of Nietzsche's works.

      October 16, 2013

  • Brian

    Happy birthday Nietzsche. October 15, 1844

    October 16, 2013

    • Manoj V.

      Unmatched, coherent intellect was born... as Schopenhauer said, there's no substitute to magnitude of intellect. 1000 fools can not match one wise. Happy Birthday, O, teacher of eternal recurrence!

      2 · October 16, 2013

  • Brian

    THE SHADOW: Too oft, verily, did I follow close to the heels of truth: then did it kick me on the face. Sometimes I meant to lie, and behold! then only did I hit—the truth.
    ...
    'Where is—my home?' For it do I ask and seek, and have sought, but have not found it. O eternal everywhere, O eternal nowhere, O eternal—in-vain!"

    I love how this portrait of the Shadow echos the song and myth of Orpheus, having the truth and beauty of the artist, but lacking that element, that sense of home, that could walk his love confidently out from the cave into the sun.

    2 · October 15, 2013

  • Brian

    "Socrates, to confess it frankly, is so close to me that I almost always fight against him"
    ~Nietzsche

    October 4, 2013

    • George

      The earlier suggestion of Kubrick's "2001: Space Odyssey" as a cinematic companion to Zarathustra met with sufficient enthusiasm for me to bring a copy to this Wednesday's discussion. Perhaps we'll wrap up Nietzsche's text with a viewing, and perhaps his hero with Kubrick's monolith. which might recall the gigantic, towering rock (however pyramidal) that Nietzsche credits for his "eternal return."

      1 · October 14, 2013

    • Brian

      Great idea

      October 15, 2013

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