"Bolshevik intellectuals did not confine their reading to Marxist works. They knew Russian and European literature and philosophy and kept up with current trends in art and thoughts. Aspects of Nietzsche’s thought were either surprisingly compatible with Marxism or treated issues that Marx and Engels had neglected. Nietzsche sensitized Bolsheviks committed to reason and science to the importance of the nonrational aspects of the human psyche and to the psychpolitical utility of symbol, myth, and cult. His visions of “great politics” (grosse Politik) colored their imaginations. Politik, like the Russian word politika, means both “politics” and “policy”; grosse has also been translated as “grand” or “large scale.” The Soviet obsession with creating a new culture stemmed primarily from Nietzsche, Wagner, and their Russian popularizers. Marx and Engels never developed a detailed theory of culture because they considered it part of the superstructure that would change to follow changes in the economic base."

Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, New Myth, New World: From Nietzsche to Stalinism

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Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life,the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.

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Joseph Campbell

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Was emailed updates from academia.edu, saw this and thought Hey! That’s right up my alley.

Was emailed updates from academia.edu, saw this and thought Hey! That’s right up my alley.

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Königsberg olfactory manufactured originality. Homeland, der Grund, black forest to the leder. Phrenological synthesis of white and not-white. Vater smile down from Heaven. Herder and his Eastern nonsense. Jaja. The Golden Rule is White. Like Kant’s seed proto-Aryan. Constrain schizophrenic nonsense. Linear assemblage, mechanically separated. Good shapes are traced. Where’s the beef?

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Got my first check a couple days ago. $5.69/hour after taxes. Today my boss/the owner was bragging about how much money she gambled at the casino last weekend. Worthless bitch.

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perspectivism means nothing at all if you don’t experiment with non-perspectivism(s)

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(Source: tedbundys-bitch, via guiseofbitterness)

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"What the philosophers have never understood is this: it is the unintelligibility of the world alone that gives it worth"

Nick Land, “Art as Insurrection: The Question of Aesthetics in Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche” (Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007)  (via allmystrings)

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"Fukuyama’s thesis that history has climaxed with liberal capitalism may have been widely derided, but it is accepted, even assumed, at the level of the cultural unconscious. It should be remembered, though, that even when Fukuyama advanced it, the idea that history had reached a ‘terminal beach’ was not merely triumphalist. Fukuyama warned that his radiant city would be haunted, but he thought its specters would be Nietzschean rather than Marxian. Some of Nietzsche’s most prescient pages are those in which he describes the ‘oversaturation of an age with history’. ‘It leads an age into a dangerous mood of irony in regard to itself’, he wrote in Untimely Meditations, ‘and subsequently into the even more dangerous mood of cynicism’, in which ‘cosmopolitan fingering’, a detached spectatorialism, replaces engagement and involvement. This is the condition of Nietzsche’s Last Man, who has seen everything, but is decadently enfeebled precisely by this excess of (self) awareness."

Mark Fisher

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"In the later part of his creative life Nietzsche suffered acutely from loneliness. Like his alter ego, Zarathustra, he found himself alone on a (Swiss) mountain top. But, intellectually at least, he accepted this condition. Since, he reasoned, a radical social critic, a ‘free spirit’ such as himself, sets himself ever more in opposition to the foundational agreements on which social life depends, he reduces the pool of possible comrades, and so of possible friends, to vanishing point."

Julian Young, Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography

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avatar-trisana:

koalameerkat:

Hate crime stats in the US…
Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/04/15/when-it-comes-to-hate-crimes-atheist-victims-are-rare/

why the fuck do the atheists complain so much?

why aren’t those “complaints” regarded as hate crimes—against Christians?

avatar-trisana:

koalameerkat:

Hate crime stats in the US…

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/04/15/when-it-comes-to-hate-crimes-atheist-victims-are-rare/

why the fuck do the atheists complain so much?

why aren’t those “complaints” regarded as hate crimes—against Christians?

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"[…] The forms are many in which the unchanging seeks relief from its formlessness […]"

Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies  (via widgernotes)

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"1) Many people who are enamoured with Nietzsche are pretentious self-proclaimed experts who think they are smarter than everyone else. They are intellectually elitists in the precise definition of the term…"

ibid

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"It’s clear you closed your mind to Nietzsche as soon as you imagined him threatening the dialectical materialism that you honor in name only."

from this hilarious debate between a Marxist and Nietzscheans in the comments of the former’s blog post “I Hate Nietzsche”

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