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"I could believe only in a god that would know how to dance."
Nie·tzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
-chê), Friedrich Wilhelm
German philosopher who reasoned that Christianity's emphasis on the afterlife makes its believers less able to cope with earthly life. He argued that the ideal human being, the Ubermensch, would be able to channel passions creatively instead of suppressing them. His written works include Beyond Good and Evil (1886) and Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-1892).
— Nie¹tzsche·an adjective & noun
Nietzsche, Friedrich (Wilhelm)
Nietzsche, Friedrich (Wilhelm) (1844-1900), German philosopher, poet, and classical philologist, who was one of the most provocative and influential thinkers of the 19th century. Born in Röcken, Prussia, Nietzsche studied at the Universities of Bonn and Leipzig and was appointed professor of classical philology at the University of Basel. Plagued by ill health, he suffered a mental breakdown in 1889 and never recovered.
Nietzsche's contention that traditional values had lost their influence over individuals was expressed in his proclamation “God is dead.” His claim that new values could be created to replace traditional ones led to his concept of the overman, or superman (transhuman) . According to Nietzsche, the masses conform to tradition, whereas the overman is secure, independent, and individualistic. The overman feels deeply, but his passions are rationally controlled. The overman creates a “master morality” that reflects the strength and independence of one who is liberated from all values, except those he deems valid.
Nietzsche denied that any overmen had yet arisen, but he mentioned individuals who could serve as models, including Greek philosopher Socrates, Italian artists Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, English playwright William Shakespeare, German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Roman statesman Julius Caesar, French emperor Napoleon I, and Jesus Christ.
Nietzsche's major works include
_The Birth of Tragedy_
(1872), Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883-1885), Beyond Good and Evil
(1886), On the Genealogy of Morals (1887), The Antichrist (1888), Ecce
Homo (1889), and _The Will to Power_
Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Birth of Tragedy, ch. 1 (1872).
Virtue and Vice
All good things were at one time bad things; every original sin has developed into an original virtue.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Genealogy of Morals, Essay 3, “What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?,” aph. 9 (1887).
The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Antichrist, aph. 57 (1895).
The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Wanderer and His Shadow, aph. 278 (1880).
Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Genealogy of Morals, “Preface,” sct. 1 (1887; tr. 1956).
Oh, how much is today hidden by science! Oh, how much it is expected to hide!
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Genealogy of Morals, essay 3, “What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?” aph. 23 (1887).
The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. Twilight of the Idols, “Morality as Anti-Nature,” aph. 3 (1889).
Christianity and the Christians
Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. Twilight of the Idols, “What the Germans Lack,” aph. 2 (1889).
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. Twilight of the Idols, “Expeditions of an Untimely Man,” aph. 8 (1889).
The desire to create continually is vulgar and betrays jealousy, envy, ambition. If one is something one really does not need to make anything— and one nonetheless does very much. There exists above the “productive” man a yet higher species.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. Human, All Too Human, aph. 210 (1878).
I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his “divine service.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Gay Science, aph. 381 (1887 ed.).
To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one’s own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. Twilight of the Idols, “Expeditions of an Untimely Man,” aph. 36 (1889).
When Nietzsche spoke of the "Hyperboreans"
I think he foretold US, who have gone beyond the death of god - & the rebirth
of the goddess - to a realm where spirit & matter are one. Every manifestation
of that hierogamy,, every material thing & every life, becomes not only
"sacred" in itself but also symbolic of its own "divine essence." Atheism
is nothing but the opiate of The Masses (or rather, their self-chosen champions)
- & not a very colorful or sexy drug. If we are to follow Baudelaire's
advice & "be always intoxicated", the AOA would prefer something more like mushrooms,
thank you. Chaos
is the oldest of the gods - & Chaos never died.
- Hakim Bey - _TAZ_: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism
The first modern Dionysian prophet, Nietzsche, was not able to integrate his masks, and suffered through descent into 'insanity'. Approaching his breakdown, he began signing letters with different names: Dionysus, Ferdinand de Lesseps, the Crucified... He may have escaped his plunge into an uncontrollable shifting, or loss, of identity, had he existed in a less rigidly Apollonian society; but he was too far ahead of his time. Nietzsche correctly prophesied a coming era of violent transition. His own life was evidence that Dionysus, god of this transition, must also be a god of madness— insanity being a violent disparity between individual and society, a situation obviously rife in times of great change. Aleister Crowley, who identified Dionysus with Pan, Pan with the Devil, and the Devil with himself, was better able to ride the turbulence created by the contrast between his own temperament and the culture he existed in. Through his magickal disciplines, he was able to live out his various masks in a way Nietzsche could only dream of. "Crowley took his personal experience, magical and otherwise, and created his own enclave, beyond the boundaries of conventional morality. He deliberately sought extremes of experience, concealing, and at the same time, revealing himself through a series of colourful personalities."
Both Nietzsche and Crowley set themselves defiantly against the Christian Church and monotheism; both in some way identified themselves as anti-Christs; both believed they were heralding a time of violent change; both—Nietzsche through Dionysus and Crowley through Pan—sought to reawaken the old nature gods. Both also, in differing ways, experienced the revelation of the mask-wearing, no-self nature of identity, a revelation only now reaching fruition in the post-modern practices of chaos magic.