Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The Burden of History

“Not only the wisdom of millennia – their madness too breaks out in us. It is dangerous to be an heir.” ~ Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra 

Zarathustra’s insight is that from the past people inherit not only ancient wisdom but also ancient madness. The older the civilization, the greater is the burden of history, which is the burden of ancient wisdom and madness. A Civilization falls when it gets crushed under this burden—Zarathustra rightly notes, “it is dangerous to be an heir.” 

Since the debates of history are interminable, it is impossible for history texts to articulate a definite view of the character of any ancient civilization. What have we inherited from the past? A precise answer to this question is not possible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What destiny holds for us, nobody knows. Civilisations, countries have been laid waste due to the weaknesses impregnated in their cultures, in their practices of a ancient time. It's just that the fault lines may lie inactive and may weigh extraordinarily in the present day.