File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_2000/nietzsche.0006, message 12

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 11:25:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Question..

I always had the feeling that the eternal recurrence constituted a
Nietzschean cosmology/ethic. Please, bear with me on this.

If time is to be assumed to be an indefinitely long series (a progression ad
infinitum) then a return to an identical 'moment' is inevitable. 
Furthermore, an infinite number of these identical moments is contained in
the indefinite series. This sounds like the eternal accurrance to me. I
speculate that N. believed this to be the state of the cosmos, and
consequently assumed that not only identical persons in identical
circumstances will inevitably come about in it but that they will also do
the same silly, sheepish things all over.  Thus, this cosmology constitutes
a sort of an ethical prerogative to get a hold of one's 'self' and start to
be self-creative. If every moment is infinite, then to do otherwise is
grievious waste of time, hmm?
Whaddaya think? I am just throwing some stones out there.

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