Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nietzche on Creativity

I was discussing Nietzche with a friend, explaining that in spite of the fact that Nietzche can say some really offensive things (sometimes as a result of his own prejudices and often deliberately to challenge the reader), everyone can find something likable and even inspiring.  The following is from Part 1 of Thus Spake Zarathustra:
The time has come for man to set himself a goal.  The time has come for man to plan the seed of his highest hope.  His soil is still rich enough.  But one day this soil will be poor and domesticated, and no tall tree will be able to grow in it.  Alas, the time is coming when man will no longer shoot the arrow of his longing beyond man, and the string of his bow will have forgotten how to whir! 
I say unto you:  one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Creativity requires patience, the willingness to enbrace the unknown, the ability to tolerate the disharmony, the scrambled puzzle, the disorder of ideas, to work through and on the chaos until order emerges.  Creativity requires not only patience, but a process that allows work through the chaos.

1 comment:

  1. I love Nietzsche's offensiveness. Everybody's so delicate and sensitive these days, all clinging to fairytales about "equality" and living happily ever after (sustainability) and getting all upset if anybody dares to exhibit pessimism or prejudice (except against prejudice). Everythings becoming so homogenous and boring. Here's some quotes from Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451:

    “We need not be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real.” Montag

    “You must understand that our civilisation is so vast that we can’t have our minorities upset and stirred.” Captain Beatty

    Insult and criticise. Stop pandering to everybody's need to be a helpless victim and start making people look after themselves for a change. Does nobody cherish personal responsibility anymore?