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Paradox Bound kYnthetic pseudoultur disguises the real feeling of the country Nietzsche blames this phenomenon on the typical German s abstract feelings and belief in unharmed inwardness Nietzsche also states Only strong personalities can endure history the weak are completely extinguished by it Nietzsche believed that the modern German no longer trusted and had faith in himself therefore when looking at history he would think how am I to feel here as opposed to the actual reality of the situation Looking at how absurd the typical American s and European irrational and total ignorance of in general views on the second World War II certainly proves that Nietzsche s views are still than relevant today When talking about most historical and contemporary events most people have an anti intellectual emotional response that they have unknowingly been indoctrinated and conditioned with like Pavlov s dog All in all this is a very insightful work in regards to understanding history and its context especially among different type of individuals from the neuter to the alpha powerful Maybe if people read works like this they would realize that their worship of historical myths presented as conclusive facts would be extinguished but that is surely doubtful In a world where collectivist anti intellectual metaphysical propaganda dominates and where virtually all professional Historians are compromised by the thought police it is very hard for one to discern the true facts of history from the propaganda of lies On the Usefulness and Disadvantage of History for Life Between 1872 when his first book Die Geburt der Trag die appeared and 1876 when he left the University of Basel to write in Italy Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 1900 wrote an enormous amount of prose most of which he did not bring to a satisfactory completion However he did publish singly a series of short bookspamphlets he called Unzeitgem sse Betrachtungen Untimely Considerations which at one point he had projected to include as many as 21 parts In the end he published 4It Every time I read a book by Nietzsche my mind gets blown and I feel enlightened In a mere 60 pages or so Nietzsche totally annihilates Hegelianism and the education system The thesis of the book is that in our time Knowledge rules Life and this will result in the end of both Knowledge and Living Instead we must consider Life to be the ultimate value and the thing in which our youth should be skilled This is by far the most accessible book by this author I have ever read so don t be daunted by it Highly recommended to anyone By far the most One star s a bit harsh Popular history can still be understood in terms of the categories he comes up with here all the biographies of Churchill and Reagan Lifeless monumental history The obsession with Americana and authentic simple living Lifeless antiuarianism Post colonialpost structuralistpost modernist history Lifeless critical history But then Nietzsche was harsh and it s only fair to be harsh back He describes three types of historiography monumental history which can either provide examples of greatness for the present or refuse the possibility of greatness in the present antiuarian history which can either make us comfortable in our own time and place by showing its historical context or encourage us to live in the past and forsake the present and critical history which criticises the past and attempts to create a new one for itself or makes us ignore our own descent leading to a conflict between our actual and our created pasts In the good versions the former in my list it is studied for the sake of life In the bad versions the latter in my list history is studied for the sake of itself or for utilitarian ends This leads to a people with weak personalities which believes itself to be just than other ages is immature leads to a melancholy belief that we are nothing than the children of the great irony and eventually the cynical inversion of this belief that rather we are the great descendants of the weak That s the meat It s surrounded by a bunch of rants against the late nineteenth century I m sure it s all very entertaining when you re young but by the time you re working or a grad student you now pretty darn well that academics cut off from life is a farce You now that appeals to life are or less completely empty what sort of life What will you do with this life And you probably have a hunch that life whatever it is might not even be possible So what are we doing when we read Nietzsche s essay First we re engaging in monumental history against the present lauding Nietzsche when we could for instance be reading about the crisis in health care or the destruction of the environment or the ongoing economic crisis Second we re engaging in an antiuarian history which is interested in the past for its own sake since there s little in this book which isn t common nowledge these days Third it will probably encourage us to believe that we ve left behind all the Old Lifelessness Of The Nineteenth lifelessness of the nineteenth when of course we ve done nothing of the sort By its own lights this essay

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not be by the young In Nietzsche s time history really was over studied Today it s all but ignored Skip this and go straight to Hobsbawm s history of the long nineteenth century I have forgotten how I love Nietzsche What a wickedly dry spell it has been without his verve In this small book he argues that the excessively historical man is bound to be a neurotic miserable creature incapable of happiness and subseuently of action But I feel he never truly persuades us that happiness is a good in and of itself And I do not believe that a crushed spirit renders one incapable of art To the contrary I would contend that it is the compulsive maniacs among us incapable of art To the contrary I would contend that it is the compulsive maniacs among us make the best artists Who better to supply proof of this hypothesis than Nietzsche himself the raving perpetually ill solitary loner of a man that he was His admission to a mental asylum his psychosis the congeries of physical symptoms that afflicted him throughout his life who indeed better to attest to those ever fragile borders of psychosis genius and art And too his pronouncement that no philosopher has been a musician than he So yes reading Nietzsche is a pleasure but like all music I am afraid that at times he is sublime as much as he is incomprehensible. Ts Moreover I obtain for myself something of even value to me than respectability I become publicly instructed and set straight about our times This essay is also out of touch with the times because here I am trying for once to see as a contemporary disgrace infirmity and defect something of which our age is justifiably proud its historical culture For I believe in fact that we are all suffering from a consumptive historical fever and at the very least should recognize that we are afflicted with it If Goethe with good reason said that with our virtues we simultaneously cultivate our faults and if as everyone nows a hypertrophic virtue as the historical sense of our age appears to me to be can serve to destroy a people just as well as a hypertrophic vice then people may make allowance for me this once Also in my defence I should not conceal the fact that the experiences which aroused these feelings of torment in me I have derived for the most part from myself and only from others for the purpose of comparison and that insofar as I am a student of ancient times particularly the Greeks I come as a child in these present times to such anachronistic experiences concerning mysel. Vom Nutzen und Nachtheil der Historie für das Leben Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen Zweites StückNietzsche hits on some real dilemmas related to academic history but his attempts to address them are less than helpful to put it mildly To be fair to Nietzsche and also to annoy him it is worth placing the work in its historical context Nietzsche was writing in the early days of academic history which initially developed in Germany I m not familiar enough with the historiography of Nietzsche s time to be able to now how accurate some of his complaints about academic history really were but academic history was an immature discipline at the time Adjusting to a new method of historical writing was not always easy for people of Nietzsche s day or to people since for that matter and the hiccups involved in developing a new discipline might have influenced Nietzsche s negative opinion Certainly historians since his time have grappled with most of the uestions he raises in a variety of ways and I doubt that anyone would be able to publish a similar work todayNietzsche complaints throughout the book that being overly saturated in history hampers people from being capable of action The problem is that the tension is less between history and action and between thought and action Some people will have a tendency to think than act or vice versa depending on their personality Yes thinking when action is needed can be dangerous or even hamper someone s personal development the latter seems to be Nietzsche s main concern here But history is not the source of the tensionNietzsche seems to want history to only function as an art not as a science After all that is how history was written for most of history and only in the late 19th century did that begin to change Unfortunately it is history s scientific aspect that is the fact that history has a strict methodology now that makes history at all reliable While Nietzsche is right that perfect objectivity is impossible and that history is an art as well as a science rejecting historical methodology because it is too complicated and includes detail than people can make use of does not solve the problem His complaints about historians treating the modern era as the pinnacle of progress are probably accurate however and highlight a very real historical fallacy Modern historians are usually aware that this attitude is a problem but some are effective than others in eeping it from coloring their own workThere is a certain sense in which Nietzsche s hostility toward academic history is understandable most historians would tear his idealization of the classical era apart His developing philosophy appears to be deeply anti historical dependent on a certain interpretation of classical literature than on anything empirically verifiable So perhaps it is no wonder that Nietzsche delivers such a stinging attack His ideas about the importance of great men to history likewise would be taken to pieces by any historian today People who advance radical ideas when society is not ready for them an approach Nietzsche seems to applaud are typically ignored if not burned at the stake English society was not ready for John Wycliffe s ideas but two centuries later Germany was ready for Martin Luther s Luther was definitely a significant figure and he stamped his own personality on the Reformation it might not have unfolded exactly as it did without his involvement But by Luther s time enough changes had occurred in society that some sort of religious shakeup was waiting to occur And his concern with assurance would not have occurred to anyone several centuries earlier Was Luther a great man in Nietzsche s sense Sure But he was still formed by the society he came from History is complex Individual people don t have much power to turn it in an entirely different direction a lot of individuals doing the same things are another story Nietzsche s elitism is really starting to show here and it leads him in entirely the wrong direction My first foray into Nietzsche has left me shaken to the coreFor better or worse he was an expert rhetorician even as one shudders to recognize the seeds of justification for later historical atrocities in his philosophies one cannot help but feel enamoured by his prose and the undeniable style of his arguments So many times I gave audible way to awe reluctantly putting the book down to copy some choice phrases into a notebookTo putting the book down to copy some choice phrases into a notebookTo view this essay was a call to action for generations stuck in an obsession with existing fact and history as pushed by then modern education which Nietzsche felt robbed them of their own culture and personalities and very beings and led them to be easily ruled The philosophy limits the value of history to that which stirs active improvement in the present and warns us against becoming slaves to information taking art and feeling to be the better virtues I agreed with much of it but recoiled at other times as when the ugly heads of classicism and xenophobia poked through the poetry Nietzsche argued for example that the infiltration of other cultures into Germany left its citizens overwhelmingly fascinated with irrelevant ideas and histories and further moved them from a unified culture Of course I may have brought hindsight to the reading and tarnished his original meaningNevertheless the arguments in the essay while generally compelling and endlessly fascinating are a bit messy There s a lot of self contradiction and even meta acknowledgement of it alongside scathing critiues of irony that bring the effort full circle to meta irony A reader recognizing himself as slavishly reading a historical text that both critiues the slavish attention to history and admires the unhistorical virtues of ancient Greek culture soon finds himself in a tangle of recursion no longer sure which way is up Frankly I loved that facet of the reading It made me think Hard It tickled my beautiful prose button and mercilessly challenged my intellectual capacities my own assumptions and philosophies and my core beliefs as a scientist Nietzsche is ultimately it seems against science as a search for truth arguing that it only considers what is true *and right and thus finished and historical he *right and thus finished and historical He that science hates the forgetfulness that is the death of Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays knowledge Whereas I appreciate his point within the context of what he calls the historical malady I think he has a diminished understanding of what Forward Incidentally I despise everything which merely instructs me without increasing or immediately enlivening my activity These are Goethe's words With them as with a heartfelt expression of Ceterum censeo I judge otherwise our consideration of the worth and the worthlessness of history may begin For this work is to set down why in the spirit of Goethe's saying we must seriously despise instruction without vitalitynowledge which enervates activity and history as an expensive surplus of Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All knowledge and a luxury because we lack what is still most essential to us and because what is superfluous is hostile to what is essential To be sure we need history But we need it in a manner different from the way in which the spoilt idler in the garden ofnowledge uses it no matter how elegantly he may look down on our coarse and graceless needs and distresses That is we need it for life and action not for a comfortable turning away from life and action or merely for glossing over the egotistical life and the cowardly bad act We wish to use history only insofar as it serves living But there is a degree of doing history and a valuing of it through which life atrophies and degenerates Cience is At least to me science is incredibly fluid and creative and is never finished It must adapt to current understandings and must give up the constraints of ego to permit the reality of a constantly shifting truth Forgetting is as central to science as it is to the beast who goes into the present like a number without leaving any curious remainder except that for science the curiosity that remains is precisely the pointLovely food for thought Will chew again I had totally forgotten what it was like to read some Neechy and now I remember what it was that I loved about reading his stuff It s like an alien mentality Some of the points he makes and his insights into human nature seem as though they come from an alien that has been secretly observing us for a few hundred years This book is about the burden with which we transpose the lessons and the fetters of history into our reality today His point is that the real superman is the iconoclast who can throw away no destroy the ballast of history and look at the world as though with a fresh pair of eyes and almost in a history agnostic What a Lass Wants kind of way There were a few very interesting points that he raised Our culture is not so much something that we are continuously improving but rather something that is handed down from generations before and we acuiesce to its norms Our culture today if truly understood isnowledge of culture rather than culture itself A bouuet of words which beautifully describe rather than an explosion of action that actually amount to something real If we want to progress scientifically as uickly as possible then we are likely to destroy science as uickly as possible also A patient approach would be ideal when it comes to scientific progress rather than jump headfirst into the next app or technological theory that comes our way internet of things Ai robotics big data cloud virtual reality Patience is bravery as imam Ali once said Education does not need to follow the historical model that it has always followed We don t need to have one teacher standing up in a class in front of 30 eager to please imitators The greatest have always bought their children up differently Build your homes on the slopes of Vesuvius was one of Nietzsche s famous uotes and if once erupted there are only a few that would dare to build their homes with their loved ones on its slopes and yet we live our lives building our existence around the simmering volcano in ourselves Our worlds are shattered once in a while by some catastrophic event we don t crawl into a ball and die but continue to live around the Dantesue inferno that could explode at any time This takes one away from a mind set of security and calm and further away even from the belief in the eternal How can you look a day in advance when you fear the molten rock rumbling deep within your soul The superman can Nietzsche says But every people indeed every person who wishes to become mature needs such an enveloping delusion such a protecting and veiling cloud But today people generally despise becoming mature because they honour history than living Indeed people exult over the fact that now science is beginning to rule over living It is possible that people will attain that goal but it is certain that a life so governed is not worth much because it is much less living and it establishes a life for the future far less than does the previous life governed not by nowledge but by instinct and powerful illusory images But as stated it is clearly not to be the era of fully developed and mature people of harmonious personalities but the era of common work which is as useful as possible That however amounts only to the FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE TO BE that people are to be for the purposes of the time in order to get to work with their hands as promptly as possible They are to labour in the factories of the universal utilities before they are mature that is so that they really no longer become mature because this would be a luxury which would deprive the labour market of a lot of power We blind some birds so that they sing beautifully I do not think that today s people sing beautifully than their grandfathers but I do now this we blind them early But the method the disreputable method which people use to blind them is excessively bright excessively sudden and excessively changing light The young person is lashed through all the centuries Youngsters who understand nothing about a war a diplomatic action or a trade policy are found fit to be introduced to political history But then just as the young person races through history so we moderns race through the store rooms of art and listen to concerts We really feel that something sounds different from something else that something has a different effect than something else Constantly losing of this feeling of surprise and dislike becoming excessively astonished no longer or finally allowing oneself to enjoy everything people really call that historical sense historical education In this book Nietzsche laments over a condition that he is finding in the youth of Germany they are lacking a personality They have an encyclopedic nowledge of everything and are chained to the past The past must be forgotten if it is not to become the gravedigger of the present he says He identifies five problems that excess history presents for living a good life1 Excess of a contrast between the inside and the outside We have far too much content and too
little form to 
form to it in 2 We think ourselves just than people from the past The same will happen to us in a few years Our instincts then become denatured3 The nowledge we have of life the less life we actually have Living things cease to live when they have been dissected4 Too much nowledge of history makes us feel like latecomers who missed the greatest thinkers When we try to be like them we are like shitty imitators e This short booklet basically a pamphlet was one of Nietzsche s early writings before he became The Anti Christ and contracted a bad case of megalomania where he would sign his letters to people as The Crucified The title On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life summarizes Nietzsche s thesis with this work Nietzsche criticizes the Germany of his time as without culture and lacking instinct a place where a sick soulless inwardness prevails and a O bring this phenomenon to light as a remarkable symptom of our time is every bit as necessary as it may be painful I have tried to describe a feeling which has often enough tormented me I take my revenge on this feeling when I expose it to the general public Perhaps with such a description someone or other will have reason to point out to me that he also nows this particular or other will have reason to point out to me that he also The Thirteen-Gun Salute knows this particular but that I have not felt it with sufficient purity and naturalness and definitely have not expressed myself with the appropriate certainty and mature experience Perhaps one or two will respond in this way However most people will tell me that this feeling is totally wrong unnatural abominable and absolutely forbidden that with it in fact I have shown myself unworthy of the powerful historical tendency of the times as it has been by commonnowledge observed for the past two generations particularly among the Germans Whatever the reaction now that I dare to expose myself with this natural description of my feeling common decency will be fostered rather than shamed because I am providing many opportunities for a contemporary tendency like the reaction just mentioned to make polite pronouncemen. ,

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