“So lehre ich sie, ihren Koth lassen und Götter werden.”
— Nietzsche, Notebooks 10, 23
In ‘Jung and the Modern Man,’ I mentioned a reasonable post-ethnic stance. Those Ancestrally European persons who embrace this are called cultural Libertarians. Cultural Liberals are something quite different. How did many of them come to their queer way of seeing?
Nietzsche came to see Christian otherworldliness as poisonous. As a naturalist he came to think that conceptualizing the world in terms of the other worldly and this wordy, and obsessing about the former, was unhealthy, as it caused an unnatural psychic bifurcation and existential instability. Obviously, one’s evaluation will heavily depend on whether or not, and in what way, one believe in Transcendents and the other world. Regardless of what one makes of his strange ideas in regards to Transcendence and otherworldliness, many of his insights and psychoanalyzes were rather pregnant and, well, insightful. So it’s worthwhile considering if they have meaning in other regards.
In one such analysis, he characterizes a possible way in which someone could come to embrace the other and reject the this. In the same analysis, he also offers a way out. A realization that this is natural and therefore cannot be bad, by virtue of the valuing of the other. Read it in numeric order with the understanding that 18a) on leads to this-wordly extinction and 18b) on leads back to this-Worldly salvation.
“An Innocent Little Story” (R. Perkins, Translation, Nietzsche-Studien, 1997)
1. There was once a boy who came to understand through glances and words: Your father is not your real father!”
2. This Vexed the child and caused him to ponder, and finally he spoke to his heart in absolute secrecy: “How could anything in the world be more desirable that having a real father!”
3. And when the Child learned to pray, he prayed: “God grant me a Real Father!”
4. But the child grew, and with him grew his secret love and his prayer: among women and priests the child grew up: –
5. An adolescent, having become deep among women and priests and shy in the presence of love, and even in the presence of the world.
6. Having become deep and thirst for the dew of love, like thyme in the night –
7. Thirsty and trembling in the presence of his thirst and on intimate terms with the night, for the night is full of shame and sweet smelling incense.
8. His very soul extended the sweet smell of incense of priests and the incense of women; and yet it was ashamed of this sweet fragrance.
9. And just as an adolescent saying his prayers most commonly wishes for a women to love him, so he wished in his prayers for a father to love him, and was also ashamed of his prayers
10. Then is came to pass that his prayer melted away into bright clouds, and from the clouds arose these words: “Behold this is my son in whom I am well pleased.”
11. “Is it possible?” said the youngster. “Me the beloved son of precisely him to whom I prayed for a father? God my father? Is it possible?”
12. “This old, almighty cringer of a Jewish God — he is my father, can it be possible?”
13. “But he himself has said it and never has he said a lie. What am I to do? I must believe him!”
14. “But if I am his son, then I am God, and if I am God, how can I be man — It is not possible — yet I must believe him.”
15. “That which is man is me — as is but his love’s pressing need; for just as I thirst for a father, he no doubt thirsts for this Children.
16. “That I am man is no doubt for men’s sake: I am supposed to lure them to my father.”
17. “–to lure them to love: Oh these poor fools, who must first be lured to love.”
18b. “They are to love God: that is an easy teaching and a pleasant one — a light yoke is placed on us children of God: we are to do that which we enjoy the most”
19b. “This teaching and wisdom is easy to comprehend: even the poor of spirit reach out to it with their hands”
20b “Many things about man are not godly: whenever he excretes feces how can he be god then?”
21b. “But it is worse regarding the other feces we call sin: man surely still want to retain this, and not excrete it.”
22b. “Now however we must believe it: a person can still be god and excrete feces. Thus I tell you excrete your feces and become god.”