Friday, December 11, 2015

Are great men Nietzschean radicals or evolutionary conservatives?

Nietzsche wrote that all great men are criminals in the grand style, but they were not petty or pitiful; they felt adrift from all ancestry, conscience, and duty in trying to find the means to their great goals.

But that describes the radically powerful man. Truly great men felt adrift from past tragic errors of ancestry, conscience, and duty, they wanted to boldly fix them, or deeply transform them, not desert or destroy them.

Would Nietzsche have become more conservative had he lived longer? It is difficult to believe that one of the most courageous thinkers in human history could be intellectually biased with resentment against traditional power and authority, or consumed with jealously against a successful artist like Wagner.

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