Sunday, 4 September 2011

Don't Übermention It!

I love this, from (who else) Friedrich Nietzche (in Ecce Homo):
The word Übermensch [designates] a type of supreme achievement, as opposed to 'modern' men, 'good' men, Christians, and other nihilists ... When I whispered into the ears of some people that they were better off looking for a Cesare Borgia than a Parsifal, they did not believe their ears.
What's so splendid is the way Nietzsche automatically elides 'I do not agree with what you say' and 'I do not believe my ears'. The world of difference, there, surely! But not in the world of the Übermensch!

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