Observations On Current Events From A Dead Philosopher

“Insanity in individuals is something rare — but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”

Do Fredrich Nietzsche’s Observations Of 135 Years Ago Apply Today?

Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Beyond Good and Evil) German first edition by Nietzsche

Controversial German philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche was born in 1844 and died in 1900. We will not judge the man here. Rather than debate Nietzsche’s beliefs and writings, we excerpted these aphorisms from his book, Beyond Good and Evil (1886). We share these for you to think about what Nietzsche wrote.

Apply Nietzsche’s words to today’s issues and ask yourself: is there truth in his observations?

  1. That which an age considers evil is usually an unseasonable echo of what was formerly considered good — the atavism of an old ideal.
  2. It is difficult to learn what a philosopher is, because it cannot be taught: one must “know” it by experience — or one should have the pride not to know it. The fact that at present people all talk of things of which they cannot have any experience, is true more especially and unfortunately this concerns the philosopher and philosophical matters: — the very few know them, are permitted to know them, and all popular ideas about them are false.
  3. It is inhuman to bless when one is being cursed.
  4. “Sympathy for all” — would be harshness and tyranny for thee, my good neighbour!
  5. The practice of judging and condemning morally, is the favourite revenge of the intellectually shallow on those who are less so; it is also a kind of indemnity for their being badly endowed by nature; and finally, it is an opportunity for acquiring spirit and becoming subtle: — malice spiritualises. They are glad in their inmost heart that there is a standard according to which those who are over-endowed with intellectual goods and privileges, are equal to them; they contend for the “equality of all before God,” and almost need the belief in God for this purpose.
  6. A man who strives after great things, looks upon every one whom he encounters on his way either as a means of advance, or a delay and hindrance — or as a temporary resting-place. His peculiar lofty bounty to his fellow-men is only possible when he attains his elevation and dominates.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-Spam Quiz:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.