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originally posted by: Dr1Akula
Very nice summary well done... you will love the rest.
I am obsessed with Nietzsche's work
You should also read ''the Gay Science'' and ''Human, all too Human'' .
My favorite Nietzsche's quote; ''Christianity deprived us of the benefits of Greek and Roman cultures. Over two thousand years ago, the Greeks and the Romans had discovered the scientific method. They possessed...the methodical research, the genius of organization and administration, the faith in, the will to, man's future, the great Yes to all things... But it was ruined by cunning, stealthy, invisible, anemic vampires....''
Nietzsche blamed the christian religion for the capitalization and destruction of healthy instinctive values.
He claimed that the apostle Paul may have deliberately propagated christianity as a subversive religion (a "psychological warfare weapon") within the Roman empire as a form of covert revenge for the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.
Something I have thought of too, before I read his book '' The Antichrist''
originally posted by: Bluesma
a reply to: TheJourney
I totally agree with Nietzsche on that.
I became aware of it when I moved to another country, which had radically different values.
I changed my vocabulary from "this is good" to "this is my preference", or acknowledge certain values as held collectively by specific cultures, but inherent meaning and value disappeared for me.
originally posted by: TheJourney
That's an interesting and useful experience. There is a passage where Nietzsche says something to that effect, like this: 'I have been across the world, among many different people. I have seen that that which brings great honor in one society, brings great shame in another. That a great sin among one people is highly praised among another.' Paraphrasing.
originally posted by: Aphorism
a reply to: TheJourney
I don't think he thought detaching oneself from value-systems was the idea, for he was against nihilism and the idea of becoming a hermit in solitude, but that one should see them for what they are.
Interpreting Zarathustra, something he said would take thousands of years, is much easier having read his preceding and follow up works the Gay Science and Beyond Good and Evil. Much of the metaphors, for instance the fire-dog, the dwarf, the priest, the tightrope-walker, are explained, albeit very subtly, in those works.
What do you think the travels of Zarathustra are symbolizing? Walking through forests, up mountains, meeting strange characters who all seem to represent an idea... What is Zarathustra, the setting, the people? It's interesting to consider this when reading it.
I know you're into spiritually-inclined thinking, and Rajneesh (Osho) has a fairly descent interpretation free online somewhere.