by cheri block sabraw
If I have learned anything this week, it is that Nietzsche cannot be taken out of context. His ideas are fascinating and expressed with a lively writing style that is anything but boring.
Yesterday, we spent most of our seminar reacting to and trying to understand his views on the ascetic ideal. He doesn’t like asceticism for a number of reasons and he illustrates his distaste for this self-centered act of self-denial by discussing the ascetic ideal as it pertains to artists, philosophers and scholars, women, priests, and saints.
He says that our will to power (that drive for control) is greater than our will to nothingness, but our will to nothingness is stronger than not will.
Let me try to put the above thoughts into laywoman terms.
As humans, we want some power in our lives and will do anything to get it.
This drive is greater than our desire to reject every moral prerequisite that the human life experience throws our way (like guilt), but the desire to reject all that is is greater than nothing at all.
Now you see why I left my seminar and took pictures of sculptures and doorways.