Friedrich Nietzsche is a philosopher who is well known for his concept of the "Ubermensch," or the "Overman." However, another important idea in Nietzsche's philosophy is the concept of the "abyss." This refers to the idea that there is a deep and fundamental divide between human beings and the world around us, and that this divide is ultimately unbridgeable.
According to Nietzsche, the abyss represents the limits of our understanding and our ability to comprehend the world. It represents the fact that, no matter how much we may try to understand or comprehend the world, there will always be something beyond our grasp, something that remains mysterious and unknowable. This is because, for Nietzsche, the world is ultimately beyond human understanding.
One way in which Nietzsche explores the idea of the abyss is through the concept of the "monster." For Nietzsche, the monster represents the aspect of the world that is beyond our understanding, the aspect that is strange and mysterious. The monster is a reminder of the limits of our understanding and the fact that there is always something more to be discovered.
In this way, Nietzsche's concept of the abyss and the monster can be seen as a challenge to traditional philosophical notions of knowledge and understanding. Rather than seeing the world as something that can be fully understood and mastered, Nietzsche suggests that there will always be something beyond our grasp, something that remains unknowable and mysterious.
Overall, Nietzsche's concept of the abyss and the monster serves as a reminder of the limitations of human understanding and the importance of accepting the mysteries of the world. It encourages us to embrace the unknown and to embrace the strangeness and complexity of the world around us, rather than trying to impose our own limited understanding onto it.
Nietzsche and the abyss
Considering both sentences of the quote I think it would mean that if in the process of bringing about change you become have become obsessed with what you are trying to change then you have already failed because you have become that what you wanted to change. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. Both parties are transparently out of ideas, and their will to power is showing. On an individual level, when we feel pushed to fight, we have the capacity to either act from consciousness, retaining and responding through a framework of our own deep humanity and values, or allow the unconscious, what Jung calls the shadow, to go on default response in a way that can ultimately compromise that framework - we unleash our own capacity to be a monster. If this is right, staring into the abyss Involves getting wrapped up with the herd, and N advises looking away, to stay above what is beneath you, to focus on your task.
He knew all about pain, putting up with migraines that would last two weeks at a time. Perhaps N is cautioning against trying to change the herd or anything that is beneath you, such as one whose 'self' lacks art, as per another respondent. They devour one another and cannot even digest themselves. In particular, I think 'an abyss' is a sort of monster, the monster of complete cynicism and true nihilism -- the completely empty man that early 'beatnik' post-modernism seems to favor. He was talking about individuals, as evidenced by his use of he and you in the aphorism.
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It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. He succeeded by overthrowing the government and instilling the one he wanted but in the end he turned into the monster that he seeked to destroy. This quote advises that if you choose to resist these evils, you should take care that you do not become evil yourself. He excelled at epigrams, which are to philosophy as the fortune-cookie motto is to Chinese takeout, and he loved to hate. .
Why, according to Nietzsche, is becoming a monster by fighting to overthrow monsters a bad thing?
Who is the father of nihilism? They steal for themselves the works of inventors and the treasures of the wise: they call their theft culture — and they turn everything to sickness and calamity. The double negative in your first sentence is confusing if not wrong. Once we are a part of something or t. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. . He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.
What did Nietzsche mean by monsters and the abyss?
All values have already been created, and all created values- do I represent. They acquire wealth and make themselves poorer with it. . Only there, where the state ceases, does the man who is not superfluous begin: does the song of the necessary man, the unique and irreplaceable melody, begin. Navel Gazing All philosophers stare into the abyss, in their desires for ever-increasing amounts of wisdom philosophers can become introspective searching the depths of their own mind for understanding and illumination that come like sparks of light in an eternal sea of blackness. Are you saying that the slaves or masters were fighting monsters and in the process became monsters? This is a functional message for initiates in the formerly secret world of philosophy and science. Nietzsche actually praised the the Islamic Scholars, read Rumi and appreciated the will of the Moslems in creating the Al-Hambra, a human feat unsurpassed.
Whoever or whatever this enemy may be to you, conveniently allows you to ignore your inner capacity for evil. Second, regarding your comment, one often does have a choice. I didn't mean to be scary, just to emphasize how prescient I think the notion was. The types of activities which are available for me at the moment, are determined by the society in which I have been born into. A person who is very depressed may be said to have fallen into an abyss.
Was Nietzsche a nihilist? Nietzsche's 'looking into the abyss' is metaphoric for falling into our own darkness, if we allow a descent into our fear, hatred or unchecked righteousness to feed the way we view and respond, we reflect that abyss, our shadow 'the monster'. However in terms of spirituality, his philosophy comes under soonyavad nihilism. Without a living soul or a serious conscience, the human being is no longer an individual but a bag of animal instincts, indistinguishable from the rest of the species. Nietzsche, who died in 1900, called it. Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. Nietzsche went beyond agnostic and atheistic thinkers of the Enlightenment, who simply regarded Christianity as untrue. Islamic Scholars such as Farabi, Ibn Al-Arabi, Al- Ghazali and etc that you mentioned concentrate on the inward journey as opposed to the exoteric theology that Nietzsche refers in dominating the world.
His attempts to unmask the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality, and philosophy deeply affected generations of theologians, philosophers, psychologists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. I believe this is the idea behind another famous Nietzsche quote: "There are no facts, only interpretations". There, where the state ceases — look there, my brothers. What you think you become" - Buddha. A bottomless pit is an example of an abyss. Whether or not this theory of ressetiment even can be thought without ressentiment. Source: Beyond Good and Evil In fiction and in real life at times people embrace the inner monsters sometimes literal, sometimes figurative to gain the power they need to defeat their foes, get to the next level, or grit through something they'd rather not do.
Everyone can have some form of monster that lives within their imagination whether it be fear, rage, your shadow, the unknown, gluttony, sloth, lust, greed, violence, murder, death, darkness. I cannot alter the facts associated to particular activity, but I can find freedom in choosing what kind activity I engage in. I no longer need to care about whether gas costs 1,3 euros or 2,6 euros because I am no longer engaged in car-driving. On the other hand, Epicurus noted death is meaningless to us, for while we are alive death is not. For under the axis, is written 'Queen Hecuba. Nietzsche knew all about the human mind and could encode multiple layers of meaning and interpretations into a single paragraph in a skilful way that presented complexity as simplicity.