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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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A new pride taught me mine ego, and that teach I unto men: no longer to thrust one's head into the sand of celestial things, but to carry it freely, a terrestrial head, which giveth meaning to the earth!

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A new will teach I unto men: to choose that path which man hath followed blindly, and to approve of it- and no longer to slink aside from it, like the sick and perishing!

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The sick and perishing- it was they who despised the body and the earth, and invented the heavenly world, and the redeeming blood-drops; but even those sweet and sad poisons they borrowed from the body and the earth!

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From their misery they sought escape, and the stars were too remote for them. Then they sighed: "O that there were heavenly paths by which to steal into another existence and into happiness!" Then they contrived for themselves their bypaths and bloody draughts!

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Beyond the sphere of their body and this earth they now fancied themselves transported, these ungrateful ones. But to what did they owe the convulsion and rapture of their transport? To their body and this earth.

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Gentle is Zarathustra to the sickly. Verily, he is not indignant at their modes of consolation and ingratitude. May they become convalescents and overcomers, and create higher bodies for themselves!

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Neither is Zarathustra indignant at a convalescent who looketh tenderly on his delusions, and at midnight stealeth round the grave of his God; but sickness and a sick frame remain even in his tears.

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Many sickly ones have there always been among those who muse, and languish for God; violently they hate the discerning ones, and the latest of virtues, which is uprightness.

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Backward they always gaze toward dark ages: then, indeed, were delusion and faith something different. Raving of the reason was likeness to God, and doubt was sin.

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Too well do I know those godlike ones: they insist on being believed in, and that doubt is sin. Too well, also, do I know what they themselves most believe in.

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Verily, not in backworlds and redeeming blood-drops: but in the body do they also believe most; and their own body is for them the thing-in-itself.

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But it is a sickly thing to them, and gladly would they get out of their skin. Therefore hearken they to the preachers of death, and themselves preach backworlds.

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Hearken rather, my brethren, to the voice of the healthy body; it is a more upright and pure voice.

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More uprightly and purely speaketh the healthy body, perfect and square-built; and it speaketh of the meaning of the earth.-

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Thus spake Zarathustra.

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4. The Despisers of the Body

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TO THE despisers of the body will I speak my word. I wish them neither to learn afresh, nor teach anew, but only to bid farewell to their own bodies,- and thus be dumb.

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"Body am I, and soul"- so saith the child. And why should one not speak like children?

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But the awakened one, the knowing one, saith: "Body am I entirely, and nothing more; and soul is only the name of something in the body."

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The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd.

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An instrument of thy body is also thy little sagacity, my brother, which thou callest "spirit"- a little instrument and plaything of thy big sagacity.

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"Ego," sayest thou, and art proud of that word. But the greater thing- in which thou art unwilling to believe- is thy body with its big sagacity; it saith not "ego," but doeth it.

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What the sense feeleth, what the spirit discerneth, hath never its end in itself. But sense and spirit would fain persuade thee that they are the end of all things: so vain are they.

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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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