First published 1886, Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche is worthy of revisiting if you have picked it up at some point in your life. If you have never read it here’s fair warning that it’s hardly light reading. The aphorisms make you think a little deeper or challenge your mode of thought and if you care for that sort of fare then this is right up your alley. Now applied to audio CDs and available in an unabridged version, the book has been narrated by Stephen Van Doren to great effect. Personally, I would have preferred an abridged version but Nietzsche’s irrepressible and brutal honesty were a vital viewpoint in his day. If he had been a part of the 20th century in America, he would’ve been deemed a hellfire preacher. As you listen, perhaps you will be amazed at how contemporary this philosophy seems to be- in rebuttal to the current popular clichés and morés of those tagged as liberals. In many unsubtle ways, this may be truly a prelude to a philosophy of the future.
– The Castle Lady
The degree and kind of a person’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit.
The following passage is edited and paraphrased for brevity:
In the…Old Testament…there are men, things and speeches in so grand a style that Greek and Indian literature have nothing to compare with it. These tremendous remnants…of what man once was…want to signify…the progress of man.
The taste for the Old Testament is a touchstone of greatness and smallness. Perhaps they will even find the New Testament, the book of grace, more to their taste. To have glued this New Testament to the Old Testament to form one book, the Bible…
that is perhaps the greatest audacity and sin against the spirit which literary Europe has on its conscience.
(Evelyn’s note: In defense of those 17th century scholars who did miraculous work in bringing these chronicles together to craft The Word- a solid piece of evidence of man’s faith and God’s mercy- I must say I disagree wholeheartedly with Nietzsche’s view. Reading this made me realize how strongly I believe the Bible, as it is widely published today, is truly the Word of God. I urge one and all to peruse a copy of the Spirit-Filled Life Bible NKJV published by Thomas Nelson publishers (pp. 1390 & 1391) to fill themselves in on the period of history between the two testaments.)
and this portion came to mind after the Jan. 7th attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris :
At the time of Socrates, among men of fatigued instincts, among the conservatives of ancient Athens who let themselves go- ‘for happiness’ as they said; for pleasure, as they behaved- and who at the same time still used the old ornate words to which their long life had ceased to entitle them, irony was perhaps necessary for greatness of soul- that Socratic sarcastic assurance of the old physician and plebeian who cut ruthlessly into his own flesh, as well as into the flesh and heart of the nobility, with a glance that said unmistakably: “Don’t try to deceive me by dissimulation. Here we are equal.”
Today, conversely, when only the herd animal is honored and dispenses honors in Europe and when equality of rights could all too easily be converted into an equality of violating rights- …into a common war on all that is rare, strange or privileged, on the higher man, the higher soul, the higher duty, the higher responsibility and on the wealth of creative power and mastery- the concept of greatness entails being noble, wanting to be by oneself, being capable of being different, standing alone and having to live independently; and the philosopher will betray something of his own ideal when he posits:
“He shall be the greatest who can be the loneliest, the most hidden, the most deviating, the human being beyond good and evil, the master of his virtues, he that is over rich in will. Precisely, this should be called greatness: to be capable of being as manifold as whole, as wide as full.”
And to ask this once more: Today, is greatness possible ?
(Evelyn’s note: Only God is great and we stand under His shadow if we are so blessed. These blessings set us apart from the world and we only achieve greatness when we act directly under God’s will and not our own. Jesus said that “he was not willing that any should perish”.)
and from The Dawn:
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike then those who think differently.
Qui vit de combattre un ennimi a tout interêt á le laisser en vie.
et pour mes amis Francaise :
Oui, je suis Charlie, aussi. Je m’exprime, aussi. Il est mon droit me donne’ par Dieu.
“The thousand mysteries around us would not trouble but interest us, if only we had cheerful, healthy hearts.”