File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_2000/nietzsche.0006, message 19

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 18:57:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Convictions

At 10:12 AM 6/13/00 +0500, you wrote:
>	Skepticism is good. On the other hand Nietzsche spoke of a "healthy" 
>skepticism and a "spider skepticism". Can you differentiate between the
>two ?

Possibly, though I cannot recall the specific use of "spider" in N's
writings. Would you care to site the source? In the mean time:

A healthy skepticism looks down on all ideals (N's word for idols) and
knows that the final ideal that will bring real progress can never exist.
The spider must look up, to the heavens or to the future, in order to
tolerate life at all. The tarantula is the bite of revenge that despises
the present and disaffirms life as it is and wants something else, most
anything else. The tarantula, like Hesiod, lives in the age of iron and
every age was better. How does one come to hate the present? By not being
able to will a change of one's personal past, by not discovering the
eternal return of all things, by despising life in the present and
therefore despising life in general. There is nothing uglier than "The
Improvers of Mankind".


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for the other person to die" -- Malachy McCourt.

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