Thursday, May 03, 2007

Inside The Quotes: Nietzsche Nails It

Say hello to a fellow swim-upstreamer. Friedrich Nietzsche died 107 years ago- and yet he, too, shares many of the same ideals you read here every day. A few favorites, along with a short commentary, are as follows;

"Insanity in individuals is rare - but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule."

Read Scott's blog last Friday about how Alec Baldwin acted insanely towards his 11 year old daughter (surely this type of parenting must be the exception and not the rule) but then a society at large comes to his defense. Once again citing Scott's work, one insane person who kills 32 innocent people at Virginia Tech, and then we as a society insanely give a shit about his story. If that is not a world gone insane, I don't want to know what is.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

This quote describes exactly why swim upstream was started. To give people a reason, and support, as well as a vision, while they go against the grain of traffic in the rat race. Many people considered Nietzsche to be harsh and even cruel- but one thing he will also be remembered for- he did not sugar coat the truth. If you seek a better life than your peers- you will still have rough patches- no doubt about it. But the reasonable person sees a purpose in suffering, and grows through adversity rather than falling victim to it. And finally, on that note...

"To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity."

Point blank- isn't it quite stupid to live your life on autopilot? You were given the plane (a life) for a reason- have fun doing a mid-air 360, or breaking the air-speed record- just plain have fun finding and following your purpose!

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