Notes on Nietzsche 20/01/2015

  1. If you find yourself disgusted by Nietzsche writing on ‘masters and slaves’ consider this.
  2. The problem is about the mentality, about the inside, it’s about how your inner self work and it’s not about degrading others.
  3. We live in a thunderstorm of information and influences in which we try to maneuver blindfolded.
  4. Only those who remain in control of their behavior, those who know how to steer through do possess an agency, the rest is passive to those forces, even worse they are not conscious of the chains.
  5. But now, being master/slave is about having control of your own actions of your own direction, it’s not determined, it’s not fixed like it was for those categories in the ancient past. It’s about you trying to become better all the time.
  6. It’s as much a philosophy as a motivational guidelines.
  7. Learn the difference between what you want and what someone wants you to want.

 

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R. Bolano – 2666

What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.

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