Wednesday 16 September 2020

Nietzsche on Woke Identity Politics

We've had cause to mention Nietzsche over the weekend.  He is not to everyone's taste:  content-wise; stylistically; difficulty (or all three).  Nevertherless his insight into humanity is the most consistently penetrating I know, along with other tremendous contributions to philosophy, psychology and even wider still.  

And nothing changes.  This is from his famous Also Sprach Zarathustra (1884) - widely viewed as the most poetic expression of his thought, and extraordinarily influential in 20th century European literature, but (frankly) no easier read than his more conventional expositions.  Nevertheless, some passages need no contextual explanation for their force and astuteness to jump out at us.  His coinage for the woke warriors and 'intersectionalists' of his time is the tarantulas.  He wouldn't have been surprised by Edinburgh University's treatment of David Hume ...


"That the world may become full of the storms of our revenge, let precisely that be what we call justice"  -  thus the tarantulas speak to each other.   "We will wreak vengeance and abuse on all those who are not as we are"  -  thus the tarantula-hearts promise themselves.   "And 'will to equality'  -  that shall henceforth be the name of virtue; and we shall raise outcry against everything that currently has power!" 

You preachers of equality  -  from you the tyrannical madness of impotence cries out for "equality":  thus your secret desire to be tyrants disguises itself in words of virtue.


Nothing changes.




Sackerson said...

Tarantulas and bananas are often connected, in news items.

dearieme said...

I don't fear "Nothing changes".

I fear "Nothing beside remains".

Nick Drew said...

best poem evah!

hovis said...

"best poem evah" x100

E-K said...

That this is current during a pandemic says it all.

Covid is cover for a Left wing reset.

We voted the wrong way. Brexit negation, zero carbon, BLM,political correction, road reduction, cultural deconstruction (Land of Hope and Glory)... all of it a bit coincidental, don't you think ?

Couldn't it all have waited until the virus had passed ? Or was hitting the people when they were down the best time to do it ?

Anonymous said...

I come here often and have done for many a year,

for enlightenment and often cheer.

Sometimes the comments make more sense than the post.

? Today ? Both post and comments, no idea.

Cityunslickers remember to wash your hands.

Nick Drew said...

Great verse!

(not quite Shelley though, are you, Anon?)

Timbo614 said...

If you want cheering up with some words anon try this rubbish that I wrote a few months back when we got a new dog. To the tune of Raindrops keep falling on my head:

My dog keeps sleepin' on my head,
but it's not time to be fed,
Feedings not for me,
but I'm never gonna stop the dog from complainin',
until I feed,
he'll keep sleepin' on me.

My dog keeps jumpin' on the bed,
but it's ony six oh three
and now I need a pee,
but I'm never gonna get to go there without him,
until I feed,
he'll keep worrying me.

My dog is cleaning out his dish,
and my sleep a distant wish,
Sleepin's not for me
but I really couldn't stop the dog from complainin',
until I fed,
he was shaking the bed.

My dog is sleeping on my bed,
now that he's just been fed,
and then he had to pee,
now I'll have to get right back in there beside him,
At least I've pee'd
So nothin's worrying me.


Nick Drew said...

this thread has, errr, taken an unexpected turn ...

and I labelled it 'high culture': ah well - you can take a horse to water

(pace, Nietzsche)

Timbo614 said...

I get the poem and probably so does Anon basically "All Thing Must Pass" but Harrison or Nietzsche is too heavy for my current fragile mood, all philosophy is at the moment.

I'll get back (McCartney) :) in my dusty box.

E-K said...

I like the dog poem and identify with it.