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Friday, 28 April 2006

The Antichristian is Coming

The Heaviest Blow that ever struck
Humanity was the
Coming of Christianity.

Thursday, 20 April 2006

In a letter to his publisher, Nietzsche informed him that he had a new book ready, Part One of Thus Spake Zarathustra;

"Today I have some news for you: I have just taken a decisive step - I mean,one profitable to you. It concerns a little work, scarcely 100 pages long, entitled:'Thus Spake Zarathustra', a book for all and none.It is a poem or IT IS A FIFTH GOSPEL, or something which has no name; by far the most serious, and also the most happy of my productions and one that is open to all".
[Nietzsche, letter to Schmeitzner 14/2/1882]

Body vs. Contract

Body I am throughout, and nothing besides; and soul is merely a word for a something in the Body.
Body is one great reason, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a herdsman ...
There is more reason in thy Body than in thy best wisdom. And who can know why thy Body needeth thy best wisdom?
[Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra I, 'Of the Despisers of the Body']

The idea of the Body as a macrocosm and microcosm is an essentially Classical idea; it appears in the anything from the 'Body Politic' of the Ancient Pagans, to the totalitarian 'Corporate State'.
It also appears in Nietzsche's philosophy on every level; the individual's 'soul', to Nietzsche, is like a complex political State, where the fundamental fact is Power - the Will to Power.
This is true not only of society at large, but of the Cosmos as a totality - all is Will to Power.

This clasical notion was revived, of course, in the Renaissance; but in the Enlightenment it was challenged by the contrary idea of the 'Contract'.
In this opposition, life is not down to the Body, and the Organic, but down to the Contractual.
This latter notion has triumphed today, for the time being, with Capitalist Democracy and its charters of 'human rights' etc.,

Many of the Romantics of the late 18th and 19th century, violently rejected this middle-class ideal of the Contract, and Nietzsche was certainly in agreement with those Romantics on this issue - hence his promotion of the Body.