File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_2002/nietzsche.0202, message 1

Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 07:43:13 +0000
Subject: RE: Of the Three Metamorphoses

Basically the child is innocent not by being pure (for no one and no thing is 
pure) but because the child forgets.  Think about little kids when they have 
fights and each says "I'm never playing with you again" -- in about 15 minutes 
they're playing again.  When their parents get into a fight, though, and say 
"I'm never going to speak to you again", they never speak to each other again.
 The parents are sunk in ressentiment; the innocent forgetting of the child is 
a path to overcoming.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Juan Ciriza <>
>Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 03:54:29 -0800 (PST)
>Subject: Of the Three Metamorphoses
>> Hi everyone:
>> This is my first post to this list and I just wanted to ask something that
>> is probably a very basic question, but anyways, there it goes:
>> In Z's Part One, Z's discourses, the first one is named 'Of the Three
>> Metamorphoses':
>> "I name you three metamorphoses of the spirit: how the spirit shall become 
>> camel, and the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child."
>> The thing is that I find quite clear and elaborated the first and second
>> metamorphoses of the spirit (camel and lion) but rather obscure the last 
>> (child), where I find N didn't elaborate his concept of a child as much as 
>> previous ones. He just names a few 'features' that such a spirit 
>> have, such as innocence, forgetfulness, etc. Could anyone point me in the 
>> direction? (either other works of Nietzsche or comments found somewhere 
>> Thanks a lot in advance.
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Dr. Nathan Widder
Lecturer in Political Theory
University of Exeter
Exeter  EX4 4RJ
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