The Will to Power

Book One: European Nihilism
II: Nihilism

§48 The most dangerous misunderstanding. — One concept apparently permits no confusion or ambiguity: that of exhaustion. Exhaustion can be acquired or inherited — in any case it changes the aspect of things, the value of things.

As opposed to those who, from the fullness they represent and feel, involuntarily give to things and see them fuller, more powerful, and pregnant with future — who at least are able to bestow something — the exhausted diminish and botch all they see — they impoverish the value: they are harmful.-

About this no mistake seems possible: yet history contains the gruesome fact that the exhausted have always been mistaken for the fullest — and the fullest for the most harmful.

Those poor in life, the weak, impoverish life; those rich in life, the strong, enrich it. The first are parasites of life; the second give presents to it. — How is it possible to confound these two?

When the exhausted appeared with the gesture of the highest activity and energy (when degeneration effected an excess of spiritual and nervous discharge), they were mistaken for the rich. They excited fear. — The cult of the fool is always the cult of those rich in life, the powerful. The fanatic, the possessed, the religious epileptic, all eccentrics have been experienced as the highest types of power: as divine.

This kind of strength that excites fear was considered preeminently divine: here was the origin of authority; here one interpreted, heard, sought wisdom. — This led to the development, almost everywhere, of a will to “deify,” i.e., a will to the typical degeneration of spirit, body, and nerves: an attempt to find the way to this higher level of being. To make oneself sick, mad, to provoke the symptoms of derangement and ruin-that was taken for becoming stronger, more superhuman, more terrible, wiser. One thought that in this way one became so rich in power that one could give from one’s fullness. Wherever one adored one sought one who could give.

Here the experience of intoxication proved misleading. This increases the feeling of power in the highest degree — therefore, naively judged, power itself. On the highest rung of power one placed the most intoxicated, the ecstatic. ( — There are two sources of intoxication: the over-great fullness of life and a state of pathological nourishment of the brain.)


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SBC denounces support for ALS research

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has announced opposition to the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser because that organization supports stem-cell research.

The Southern Baptist Convention denounced the federal funding of research in which human embryos are harmed or destroyed in a 1999 resolution. The SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission issued a caution Aug. 22 about “collaborating with an organization that harbors no moral opposition to the destruction of unborn life, but instead endorses such activity.”

“Christians should also consider whether their contributions are unwittingly undergirding a philosophical worldview at odds with Christian ethics,” according to the FAQ issue analysis by ERLC staffers Andrew Walker and Joe Carter. “The taking of innocent life under any circumstance is sinful. Moreover, fostering a culture of life predicated on the destruction of life is contradictory.”

Uh-huh … a 100-cell blastocyst should be cherished while others die waiting for a cure. And these morons wonder why decent, educated adults won’t set foot in a goddam Southern Baptist church.


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The Will to Power

Book One: European Nihilism
II: Nihilism

§47 What is inherited is not the sickness but sickliness: the lack of strength to resist the danger of infections, etc., the broken resistance; morally speaking, resignation and meekness in face of the enemy.

I have asked myself if all the supreme values of previous philosophy, morality, and religion could not be compared to the values of the weakened, the mentally ill, and neurasthenics: in a milder form, they represent the same ills.

It is the value of all morbid states that they show us under a magnifying glass certain states that are normal — but not easily visible when normal.

Health and sickness are not essentially different, as the ancient physicians and some practitioners even today suppose. One must not make of them distinct principles or entities that fight over the living organism and turn it into their arena. That is silly nonsense and chatter that is no good any longer. In fact, there are only differences in degree between these two kinds of existence: the exaggeration, the disproportion, the nonharmony of the normal phenomena constitute the pathological state (Claude Bernard).

Just as “evil” can be considered as exaggeration, disharmony, disproportion, “the good” may be a protective diet against the danger of exaggeration, disharmony, and disproportion.

Hereditary weakness as the dominant feeling: cause of the supreme values.

N.B. One wants weakness: why? Usually because one is necessarily weak.

Weakness as a task: weakening the desires, the feelings of pleasure and displeasure, the will to power, to a sense of pride, to want to have and have more; weakening as meekness; weakening as faith; weakening as aversion and shame in the face of everything natural, as negation of life, as sickness and habitual weakness — weakening as the renunciation of revenge, of resistance, of enmity and wrath.

The error in treatment: one does not want to fight weakness with a systeme fortifiant, but rather with a kind of justification and moralization; i.e., with an interpretation.

Two totally different states confounded: e.g., the calm of strength, which is essentially forbearance from reaction (type of the gods whom nothing moves) — and the calm of exhaustion,. rigidity to the point of anesthesia. All philosophic-ascetic procedures aim at the second, but really intend the former — for they attribute predicates to the attained state as if a divine state had been attained.


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Dismal theology quote for the day

Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital.

Franklin Graham

I imagine the Pious will be aghast at my blasphemous thoughts, but …

  • Does Graham then blame God for the more than 1000-people killed by Ebola?

  • Why was He unable to visit His cosmic goodness upon Brantly while in Africa?

  • Why not one word of thanks for the medical staff who have devoted thousands of hours of their lives to the most rigorous and exacting study to understand and beat these diseases? And to even more exacting training?

  • And wouldn’t a kind and grateful word be in order for those scientists who have devoted thousands of hours of their lives to developing that experimental vaccine which appears to have performed with such dramatic success?

N-o-o-o … bad things are Satan’s fault, and good things are to His credit. Bah.


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Theology quote for the day

Face a hard truth. It seems to me that you holier-than-thou types have been preachifying at us for a long time. It also seems to me that many of us have heard your message. (Believe me, we’ve heard it.)

Did it ever occur to you that maybe we are consciously rejecting it?

Perhaps we’re doing that because it’s not a very good message. All too often, it’s a message of division, a message of hate and a message of ignorance. It’s a message anchored in an intolerant past that we’re glad to have shed. We won’t go back.

I’d recommend that the fundamentalists preach a better message – but they don’t seem to have one.

Rob Boston


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