Posted April 28, 2008on:
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?