Apr 12, 08
Read in March, 2008
Far more mature than his furious work in 'Beyond Good and Evil', and really something to behold if you are willing to looking past the book's primary misgivings that arrive in the form of archaic thought. He rambles off the deep end in his meditations on the dangers of mixing not only race, but class in the next inevitably more mingled generations. These sentiments, however dated and faintly racist they may be, shouldn't take away from his general interest, that of the mechanisms of constraint imposed on the modern subject by virtue of their virtues. Nietzsche cleanly breaks down some notable differences between current and ancient religions, casting, at the time, new light on the realities of life under the cloud of morals, the ideas and structuring ability within the concepts of right and wrong. He is not calling for the abolishment of ethics or condoning murder, except once in a terrible but hypothetical sort of pre-fascist statement. What he is pointing out are the lengths to which modern morals and in particular modern religion, their loudspeaker, whip, and key, rule our thoughts and so our actions.
Nietzsche is one of those thinkers who has been so digested that he may seem to be stating the obvious, but his status among the first to make these statements should be reason enough to read the book and touch a bit of the foundation on which so much modern thought has been set. I was raised quasi-religiously with an overactive thought process. It's a bad combination, answers don't suffice and it's said that thought should stand on faith. It leaves you (left me) feeling messed with, and Nietzsche's helped.