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Photos illuminated by the sun of the Southern Alpes: Ubaye and Durance valleys, Alpes de Haute Provence, Hautes Alpes, Prealpes de Digne-les-Bains (France), and Argentera (Italy).

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1891) (translated by Thomas Common; see complete text)

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Instruments and playthings are sense and spirit: behind them there is still the Self. The Self seeketh with the eyes of the senses, it hearkeneth also with the ears of the spirit.

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Ever hearkeneth the Self, and seeketh; it compareth, mastereth, conquereth, and destroyeth. It ruleth, and is also the ego's ruler.

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Behind thy thoughts and feelings, my brother, there is a mighty lord, an unknown sage- it is called Self; it dwelleth in thy body, it is thy body.

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There is more sagacity in thy body than in thy best wisdom. And who then knoweth why thy body requireth just thy best wisdom?

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Thy Self laugheth at thine ego, and its proud prancings. "What are these prancings and flights of thought unto me?" it saith to itself. "A by-way to my purpose. I am the leading-string of the ego, and the prompter of its notions."

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The Self saith unto the ego: "Feel pain!" And thereupon it suffereth, and thinketh how it may put an end thereto- and for that very purpose it is meant to think.

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The Self saith unto the ego: "Feel pleasure!" Thereupon it rejoiceth, and thinketh how it may ofttimes rejoice- and for that very purpose it is meant to think.

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To the despisers of the body will I speak a word. That they despise is caused by their esteem. What is it that created esteeming and despising and worth and will?

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The creating Self created for itself esteeming and despising, it created for itself joy and woe. The creating body created for itself spirit, as a hand to its will.

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Even in your folly and despising ye each serve your Self, ye despisers of the body. I tell you, your very Self wanteth to die, and turneth away from life.

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No longer can your Self do that which it desireth most:- create beyond itself. That is what it desireth most; that is all its fervour.

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But it is now too late to do so:- so your Self wisheth to succumb, ye despisers of the body.

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To succumb- so wisheth your Self; and therefore have ye become despisers of the body. For ye can no longer create beyond yourselves.

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And therefore are ye now angry with life and with the earth. And unconscious envy is in the sidelong look of your contempt.

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I go not your way, ye despisers of the body! Ye are no bridges for me to the Superman!-

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Thus spake Zarathustra.

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5. Joys and Passions

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MY BROTHER, when thou hast a virtue, and it is thine own virtue, thou hast it in common with no one.

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To be sure, thou wouldst call it by name and caress it; thou wouldst pull its ears and amuse thyself with it.

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And lo! Then hast thou its name in common with the people, and hast become one of the people and the herd with thy virtue!

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The URL of this page is, created: 17-Jul-2004, revised: 12-Oct-2004

Abreviations: AHP - Alpes de Haute Provence (04, France), FN - Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus spoke Zarathoustra - except if otherwise indicated), GD - , HA - Hautes Alpes (05, France), RS - Rudolf Steiner (Occult Science)

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