...i'm giving Nietzsche another go. Beyond Good & Evil. perhaps it was Socrates who corrupted Plato after all, Nietzsche posits. Socrates himself who made the Overman necessary with the dogmatic error delivered by his final breath. where he went to his death willingly, obligingly - despite pardoning efforts from those enacting his final punishment. to promise a better world beyond this one is to, ultimately, remove all power from those wakeful within THIS one. this act bore a great schism in the soul of those European's who know no alternative but wakefulness (as Nietzsche refers: "WHOSE DUTY IS WAKEFULNESS ITSELF). does this relegation, this promise, not replace former internal dilemmas with new, arguably more nefarious existential crisis? tell me, is it not better to hope to change, to overcome THIS world than to resign, to wait and hope that such relief is delivered posthumously? indeed, such a struggle would accumulate energy - "with such a tensely strained bow one can now aim at the furthest goals" - that would need to be released. this is our bow. yet humanity has hitherto aimed its arrow only downward, and inward, at its own heart. we are as whipped children, who once free, only seek another master to whip us. forever searching out a stone to cover the hole dogmatism left within the soul.
...i suppose it just sometimes feels so ridiculous, reading Nietzsche. to break apart the human psyche in such a milieu. there are men and women who have spent their entire lives reading Nietzsche, or Sartre, or even Pascal...they've gone on to publish great volumes of books, reading guides, essays and critiques. some even write books filled with humorous anecdotes relating to great thinkers - to make them easily digested by those without taste for seriousness - in effect: those who are WAKE-LESS, and wish, beyond all else, to remain as such.