EppsNet Archive: Friedrich Nietzsche

All Joy Wants Eternity

26 Jul 2015 /

O man, take care!
What does the deep midnight declare?
“I was asleep—
From a deep dream I woke and swear:—
The world is deep,
Deeper than day had been aware.
Deep is its woe—
Joy—deeper yet than agony:
Woe implores: Go!
But all joy wants eternity—
Wants deep, wants deep eternity.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Happy 170th Birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche!

15 Oct 2014 /
Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882

To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities — I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures.


What is the Way?

29 Jul 2014 /

This is now my way: where is yours?’ Thus I answered those who asked me ‘the way’. For the way – does not exist!

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
 

Dying at the Right Time

6 Jun 2014 /
John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has 5,700,000 Likes on Facebook. John Lennon has 15,000,000 Likes, despite being dead for more than 30 years.

As Nietzsche used to say, “One must discontinue being feasted upon when one tasteth best; that is known by those who want to be long loved.”


Those Who Think Differently Are Disinvited

17 May 2014 /

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, was scheduled to speak this coming Sunday at Smith College, but she withdrew her name after nearly 500 people signed a petition objecting to the policies of the IMF. Similar outcries foiled speaking engagements by former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice at Rutgers University and human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis University, among several others.

As Nietzsche used to say, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. — Friedrich Nietzsche


What Marilyn Monroe Said to Liz Taylor in Heaven

23 Mar 2011 /
Elizabeth Taylor in Giant

It’s important to die at the right time. As Nietzsche used to say, “One must discontinue being feasted upon when one tasteth best; that is known by those who want to be long loved.”

You were so beautiful in the 1950s . . .


Serious People Don’t Ski

20 Mar 2011 /

Five men, including three prominent Long Beach community and business leaders, were killed and one person seriously injured Wednesday when their Salt Lake City-bound plane crashed along a runway at Long Beach Airport and burst into flames.

The group of six were on their way to ski in Park City, Utah, friends said.

I think we’ve covered this before but there are certain key indicators in life that you are not a serious person and one of those indicators is that you take ski trips.

And it’s a key indicator squared if you’re a grown man and you take ski trips with other grown men.

Did Nietzsche take ski vacations with his buddies? No, he didn’t.

Did Abe Lincoln take ski vacations?

Did Gandhi take ski vacations?

You see how ridiculous it is to even think about that?

So on the bright side, it’s not like promising lives have been cut short here . . .


What Everyone Says in a Book

28 Feb 2011 /

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book — what everyone else does not say in a book.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Be Yourself!

27 Feb 2011 /

The human being who does not wish to belong to the mass must merely cease being comfortable with himself; let him follow his conscience which shouts at him: “Be yourself! What you are at present doing, opining, and desiring, that is not really you.” . . .

— Friedrich Nietzsche

God in America

28 Sep 2010 /
Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach. The Protestant...

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

The article describes a study in which researchers phoned up 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about religion.

On average, respondents got half the questions wrong. Breaking down the results by faith (or lack thereof), the highest scores were registered by atheists and agnostics, closely followed by Jews and Mormons.

Some of the knowledge gaps are amazing:

  • Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation.
  • Forty-five percent of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in holy communion are not merely symbols, but actually become the body and blood of Christ.

As Nietzsche used to say: If you want happiness and peace of mind, believe. If you want truth, investigate.

You can test your own knowledge of religious lore with an abbreviated, 15-question version of the survey, available here.


Twitter: 2010-08-24

24 Aug 2010 /
Twitter
  • RT @Jesus_M_Christ: How do I know Adam and Eve were white? When’s the last time you seen a black man give up a rib? #
  • RT @eddiepepitone: Tweets of Nietzche’s wife- God isn’t as dead as our sex life! #
  • RT @pattonoswalt: In the future, everyone will be obscure for fifteen minutes. #

Shibboleths

3 Jul 2006 /

And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

Thus the original meaning of the word “shibboleth”: a password that people from one side can pronounce but their enemies can’t.

The word has since taken on a more general meaning as not necessarily a password, but a custom or practice that separates the good guys from the bad guys, the insiders from the outsiders.

Continue reading Shibboleths


Dying at the Right Time

28 May 2005 /

[James] Dean died before he could fail, before he lost his hair or his boyish figure, before he grew up.

 

One must discontinue being feasted upon when one tasteth best; that is known by those who want to be long loved.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
 

Many die too late, and some die too early. Yet strange soundeth the precept: ‘Die at the right time!’

— Ibid.