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Disorientation

Posted on: April 28, 2008

In Nietzche, disorientation finds its supreme expression, profound spiritual disorientation. An expression of the terrible unfreedom of complete freedom. Of gradually casting away all the beliefs which kept us anchored, till there’s nothing to believe. Because thats what they are ultimately, convenient stories handed down to us which we never REALLY considered. Nor do we want to. We were brought up to look away, the entire world looks away, and perhaps thats the best way. But its looking away nonetheless.

“Whither is God?” he cried; “I will tell you. We have killed him—you and I.  What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down? Are we not straying, as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing in on us? 

Isnt this really our state with regard to our understanding of the universe, and especially our position in it – a speck of light in a vast abyss of darkness. What do the above lines express? Realisation? The end point of true rationality? Or the begginings of madness?

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4 Responses to "Disorientation"

long quote comin up..nietsche also said:

“The greatest danger that always hovered over humanity and still hovers over it is the eruption of madness – which means the eruption of arbitrariness in feeling, seeing and hearing, the enjoyment of the mind’s lack of discipline, the joy in human unreason. Not truth and certainty are the opposite of the world of the madman, but the universality and the universal binding force of a faith; in sum, the non-arbitrary character of judgements… Thus the virtuous intellects are needed – oh, let me use the most unambiguous word – what is needed is virtuous stupidity, stolid metronomes for the slow spirit, to make sure that the faithful of the great shared faith stay together and continue their dance… We others are the exception and the danger – and we need eternally to be opposed. – Well, there actually are things to be said in favor of the exception, provided that it never wants to become the rule. ”

from Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, s. 76, Walter Kaufmann transl.

nice one! tho im not sure i got it too well. nevertheless, many of nietzche’s quotes seem to me to be epiphanic – as if he could tune into something profound..before he went cuckoo of course.

disclaimer – im not a budding hitler.

hehe. maybe somethings are better left un-contemplated about,or we just go around in circles 🙂
yenjoy!

which raises another question..is going the full circle better than not moving at all?

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