Friday, February 23, 2007

ZARATHUSTRA´S LAST DISCOURSE


As it is known, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is considered, along with Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, one of the most important thinkers of modern western thought: one of its sharpest critics.

It is also known that Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one his most important pieces of work: his ultimate achievement and also his most famous writing.

Zarathustra gives an account of a young Persian man who faces an important task: to reveal or to make men recall the truth about themselves and their own possibilities. While carrying out his mission, this hero of thought experiences himself deep inner crises and changes of heart that make him become, in the end, the kind of man he claims men should endeavor to be.

Recently, it was made public an unpublished handwriting that could be, according to experts, the original version of Zarathustra´s chapter devoted to “Women”. A chapter that Nietzsche presumably must have decided to change after a love deception but that was kept intact as it was conceived at first.

As far as I know, this work has never been posted to Internet neither in English nor in any other language. Here, I reproduce it completely given its great value and wisdom:


WOMEN

As I went on my way alone today, at the hour when the sun declined, there I met an old woman, and she spoke thus unto my soul:

“Much has Zarathustra spoken also to us women, but never spoke he unto us concerning woman”.

And I answered her: “Concerning woman, one should only talk unto men”.

“Talk also unto me of woman”, said she; “I am old enough to forget it presently”.

And I, obliged by the old woman, spoke thus unto her:

Everything in woman is beautiful, and women all are beautiful but not all can appreciate it, including you women, in the first place.

It is not that there are as many variations in taste as men and women. The whole concept is wrong!!! You all have been deceived…

Some among you look at the woman´s body as if it were the supreme thing and prefer it meagre and famished. Others look at it contemptuously and would rather worship its spirit: hypocrites!!! Either way, women become an object: in the end, their real essence is denied as well as their real beauty.

The beauty of women is an “occurrence in motion” and it can be perceived in every single thing they think, they do, they feel, they happen to remember.... And even if they wanted to keep it undisclosed, there would always be one thing that reveals it: the way they smile, their perfect smile…

Then answered me the old woman: “Many fine things had Zarathustra said, especially for those who are young enough for them.

Strange! Zarathustra knows little about women, and yet he is right in some aspects about them. Though he might have forgotten to mention one thing... definitely the most important: that women are not really women... but divine beings playing they are human... some times, all too human".

Thus spoke Zarathustra


Note: Nietzsche never really wrote this piece but I wish he had done it (Heheheheh!).

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At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I consider myself- not so much as a divine being, but a spirtual being having a human experience.(hence the view point of Hegel)

Men will never truly know what lies in a womans heart- it is a depth that knows no bounds. and yet for women being human- and not knowing our worth basically, perhaps some...not all...but some men play a part in how a woman develops as well in a human experience. For if she is continuously in a situation where she is not given light- how does she find her true path and beauty? And when she is on that path-and is snuffed out like a candle that has done its duty- she perhaps grasps more of the human thought of unworthiness....

Men may write about women, and may perhaps have an idea as to how women feel, however it is basically a simple equation that does not need or require alot of thought...

I shall leave that riddle for you gentleman.....

callie

 
At 11:46 PM, Blogger Jake said...

Que lindo lo que escribiste...me dejaste pensando.
En realidad el punto está en que cuando sabés la respuesta a la´pregunta más importante de tu vida...todas las demás respuestas serán eclipsadas, minimizadas...apocadas, embellecidas? sí, embellecidas también, hasta las más crudas.
Pero bueno, eso es cuestión de que tengas la respuesta a esa primigenia pregunta.

te agregue a mis bloggers amigos...apenas pueda pongo un botón en lugar de las letras.
Saludo ...
ah, no es bella esa pintura?

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Hi to ZHP, and return greetings from Australia.

 
At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Layla said...

Thanks for stopping by my site. Yours is quite interesting also.

 
At 6:58 PM, Anonymous ZHP said...

Callie: Right after reading your comment I knew I should take some time to fully assimilate what you were saying. After having read your last post in your blog, i have no further comments: Girl, you said it all!

Jake: Te agradezco tu comentario. El punto parece estar en definir correctamente las preguntas mas importantes en tu vida... las respuestas, como tu sugieres, vendrán naturalmente..

(English)Jake: I appreciate your comment. The key point is to correctly define the questions in your life... I think that the answers, as you suggest, will come along in due time...

Peter: Thank you for dropping by my friend!!... I really enjoyed your site.

Layla: Thank you, my friend... I will read your posts through Email delivery from now on.

ZHP

 
At 4:58 AM, Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

ZHP

Hi!!! :-)

Tnx for visit at MuseArt!!!
Looking forward to see You soon again.

(( hug ))

 
At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dearest Handsome Man-

Your wisdom is a light to guide me on a path of discovery. It has been a wonderful awakening for *our* History....

Loving you
-callie

 
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At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi
Very nice and intrestingss story.

 

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