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To: alt.pagan From: Ursine@gnn.com (George Lehmann) Subject: Re: Nietzche was evil (he is dead now) Date: Thu, 04 Apr 1996 13:35:15 It's obvious that no one responding has actually READ Nietzsche! Nietzsche would have been forced to leave Germany -- indeed, he left it during his life-time and was brought back after Creuzfeld- Jakobs, a rare deterioration of the central nervous system killed him in all but name. He HATED nationalism in any form. He constantly referred to himself as, "a good European." He loathed Bismarck's Reich, as it fostered nationalism. He also detested materialism, so he was >per- sona non grata< among the Communists. He had no use for anti- Semites (a fact which his anti-Semitic sister, Elizabeth, tried to repress as did the Nazis). Christianity repelled him because it was "a religion fit only for slaves": the pie-in-the-sky B.S. The difference between Marx and Nietzsche is that Nietzsche believed man had a "soul," while Marx was an uncompromising atheist. Nietzsche did not subscribe to revealed religion. One found expression of the Light in the creation of Beauty and the Shadow (to use Jung's terms) in Ugliness. Conformity, mass-man, democracy, all the "levelling" forces were the enemy of humanity. The famous (or infamous) line in >Also Sprach Zarathustra<: Gott tot ist -- "God is dead" was a reflection on how the religion- which-leads-to-creation was gone. Hitler and Stalin (and Roosevelt II) were the founders of ersatz-religions. Hitler constantly referred to Providence, his Historic Mission, and the Destiny of the German >Volk<. (That was probably the REAL basis for his anti- Semitism: TWO "Chosen People" is ONE too many!) Hitler's religion was more Theosophy than anything else. Stalin was a drop-out from a seminary: a failed priest. Belief in historical determinism, as discovered by Marx (with Engel's help), and brought to power in Russia by Lenin (with Trotsky's help) was elevated to the status of a religion. (Ironi- cally, Stalin was personally as anti-Semitic as Hitler. He couldn't be open about it, however, because of the Nazi propaganda against Bolshevism as a "Jewish plot." The 1938 show-trials in Moscow virtually purged the Communist leadership of Jews, and when Stalin died, he was planning a liquidation of the Jews that would have made the overblown Holocaust look like a warm-up act!) What Nietzsche found was that any "god" would do, if it sufficed to create enduring art. He was really much closer to the Chinese concept of the >dao< than even he was aware of, and his "overman" (the correct translation of ‹bermensch) very much akin to Confucius' concept of Manhood-at-its-Best. As the European tradition looks for "holy writ," Nietzsche tried to frame his metaphysics in this format with >Also Sprach Zarathustra<. He did a much better job, however, in his less poetical >Ecce Homo<, written just before his final collapse. What he loathed was the rising worship of the mediocre, the Last Man, as he called him. Ironically, this is exactly what Roosevelt II, Hitler, and Stalin claimed they were championing. With Rossevelt II, it found its fullest expression in Aaron Coplelands "Fanfare for the Common Man." How many common men have ever listened to Copleland's fanfare JUST FOR HIM? The whole New Deal was a sell-out to the herd, leading directly to our own age, when the Congress might as well be called "The Gang of 535"! With Hitler, Last Man was called >das Volk<. Affordable radios (with foreign stations blocked out) were called >Volks- sender<. And afforable car for every German family was called -- you guessed it -- a >Volkswagen
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