Nietzsche, Komo, William Butler Yeats discussed on The Art of Manliness


And when you're running long distances anything for me anything over ten miles. I wanna stop like there's a part of me that wants to stop. And just continuing to go is an exercising of the you know is an exercise of the will and Nietzsche thought that we come to know ourselves through those sort of moments. So that sort of is a quick answer your question. Yeah. Is it also while you're there? It sounds like you were having some mental health issue. I mean, there was a moment. You're on the cliffs, you stare down over cliff, and you're thinking what if I could jump? I think everyone's done that at some point where you know, you're driving on coming traffic with just swerved. But do you think something else was going on? What do you think you were kinda descending into the abyss with while you were hiking with Nietzsche? I mean when Nietzsche's says to you, you must have the strength to ask forbidden questions. He's also saying like the most forbidden question is the question. Why why bother doing anything why bother getting up in the morning why? And when he's strips. I mean when he's strips traditional answers away from you that why can be very scary. So for example, if my minister, or if my rabbi, or if my mother or father are no longer the guiding forces of my life than what is I mean, KOMO who sort of inherits the existential mantle from Nietzsche, KOMO writing a minute. The the nineteen forties says there is but one serious philosophical question. And that is suicide he doesn't mean to bum. You out is just saying to you. What's the point of life is life worth living? And I think coming up with really good answers to that question is difficult earliest it was for me. Sometimes it still has. No. Yeah. I think everyone has that has had those moments where they're like laying in bed at night. And like what what am I doing? What what what am? I like this just like a what what the heck am I doing? And I think that Nietzsche allows you to voice those concerns, which is good. But it can. Also, be very disturbing. Now. You might ask yourself. Why is it good? I think the row is better on this. He says I don't want to get to the end of my life. And discover that I haven't lived, and I think that that the scariest part of death is getting to the end and discovering that you haven't lived and one of the hardest parts is to get to the end. And then look back and think oh my God. What was I doing with all of my time? I didn't have that much of it mandate. I squander it. And I think Nietzsche wakes us up when he asks us to ask forbidden questions. He's trying to wake us up to help us of that, you know, that end of life, right? Well, another thing he came up with sort of a thought experiment to get you thinking about that as eternal return. Yeah. That's right. And so he says to you. He says imagine that in your loneliest of loan. Lease a demon comes to you and says that this moment this very moment. And all things you will have to. Live over not once not twice, but an infinite number of times. And then he asks the demon asks would this idea crush you? Or would it elevate your soul and most of the time? I think it crushes us the idea that I'd have to redo this moment again, exactly the same way. An infinite number of times is terrifying. Think about all the time. You're stuck in traffic or all the time that you're you know, in a bad relationship, you'd have to live that over infinitely so Nietzsche's asking us to own up to life with a type of radical responsibility. In other words, can you live your life as William Butler Yeats says and do it all again live and play it again like play it again Sam? And I think that that's a challenge that many of us would do well to sort of face up to then y'all start about you'd mentioned earlier more Foty like this love of fate that kind of walks hand in hand with that idea as well. Yeah. So I mean for for a long period of time..

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