Monday, January 18, 2021

Monsters, Barbarians, and Civilization

“There is much filth in the world; that much is true. But that does not make the world itself a filthy monster.” ~ Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

The world is what it is, an amoral platform which is itself untouched by the activities of men. A few people in the world are monsters, most are not. The good people have the choice: to out-monster the monsters or be devoured. History regards the people who aspire to out-monster the monsters as barbarians. But it is the barbarians who stand at the rise of the civilization—the statesmen, philosophers, and utopians are the ones who preside over the civilization’s decline.

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