Full moon at the temple of poseidon
3:34 pm • 20 Juli 2014
Will to Power
"Nietzsche saw the slave mentality of Christianity as doomed to self-destruction because of its empty morality based upon an insistence of equality between people where there is none. Some will always be stronger, some will always be wiser, and some will always be more powerful, and this must be accepted for the coming God, the Superman to be made manifest. So Nietzsche looked at the state of Christianity in his time and saw that the God of this religion was, in reality, dead, and those who followed this God to an imaginary afterlife were surely on the path to death. The death of this God in the hearts and minds of men has left in its wake a chaotic existence from which a new aristocracy will emerge, a race of men who understand the will to power as the one true morality."
1:53 am • 20 Juli 2014
“There are several dimensions to [Nietzsche’s] critique. At one level he sees Christianity as a “slave revolt” against the aristocratic ethos of the ancient world. This inversion occurred as Judea (in the figure of Paul) triumphed in imposing its morality on Rome. Through this inversion, the empire’s “chandala class”—its wretched, enslaved masses—succeeded in dethroning the aristocracy’s virile morality and establishing its democratic reign of homo vulgaris. This made Christianity an “anti-Aryan”—an anti-noble—religion of the weak, a “herd” religion that, in the name of morality, anathematized the superior traditions of the Ancients. In this spirit, it spurned paganism’s tragic sense of life, which accepted the harsh, cruel, amoral character of the world and, in face of it, exalted the self-affirming values of strength and vitality.
What was reverenced in the Christian God, Nietzsche claims, wasn’t even “godlike … but a crime against life.” Following the collapse of aristocratic paganism, the ancient hierarchical values were not merely forced to cede to the resentful egalitarian values of the Church. The world itself, as cosmos, was desacralized. Positing one God who created and knows all things, the Christian concept of the sacred (which the pagan saw as immanent) was henceforth dispensed to a distant, otherworldly divinity. This privileged man’s individual moral relationship to God, not his place in a cosmos whose order reflected his higher ideals. “The weak, base, and ill-constituted,” who needed this otherworldly God, before whom all could and must be equal, also needed another world to compensate for the injustices of this world. God’s heavenly realm was thus situated in opposition to the existing world. By placing its highest values—God, Truth, Salvation—in an afterlife, Nietzsche argues that Christianity ended up negating real life. For this projection of hope beyond life denigrated earthly existence, making the Christian indifferent to the ascending forces that are life’s essence.”
— Michael O’Meara, “Only a God Can Save Us”: Abir Taha’s Le dieu à venir de Nietzsche ou la rédemption du divin (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
(Quelle: radical-traditionalism, via chucrutypilsen)
8:47 pm • 19 Juli 2014 • 25 Anmerkungen
“To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life.”
— Chogyam Trungpa (via liberatingreality)
11:58 pm • 17 Juli 2014 • 214 Anmerkungen
Agostino Arrivabene, Amor Vincit Omnia, oil, gold leaf on wood, 69 x 63 cm, 2014, image posted with the permission of the artist.
This art piece will be apart of an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles in September.
11:57 pm • 17 Juli 2014 • 320 Anmerkungen