Empty Days

Wednesday, June 23, 2004



What is and what should be... but is not.
35. ...Man is finished when he becomes altruistic. Instead of saying naively, "I am no longer worth anything," the moral lie in the mouth of the décadent says, "Nothing is worth anything—life is not worth anything" ... Such a judgment always remains very dangerous, it is contagious: throughout the morbid soil of society it soon proliferates into a tropical vegetation of concepts—now as a religion (Christianity), now as a philosophy (Schopenhauerism). Sometimes the poisonous vegetation which has grown out of such decomposition poisons life itself for millennia with its fumes ...
I particularly appreciate the "I" part - right on the nail, in my own experience. However Fritz is cheating here: saying "I" etc is no less dangerous - and no less conceptual. Yet false humility upheld as a dogma is indeed a very very bad habit.

(PS. - out of spite the French are now resurrecting Schopenhauer as something of a cult-author)





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