Staring at Medusa

Alas! the day cometh when man shall no longer shoot the arrow of his desire beyond man, when his bowstring shall have forgotten its use! I say unto you: a man must have chaos yet within him to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: ye have chaos yet within you. Alas! the day cometh when man shall give birth to no more stars. Alas! the day cometh of that most contemptible man which can no longer contemn himself.

— Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche

Me :  Competition around is not the only barrier one needs to overcome to “do anything” in “anything is possible”. There are a lot of non-human barriers for example, like gravity.

Carpe Diem : “Gravity”. Why would any (reasonable) person see the (immutable) constraints of the natural world as being identical with the (situational) constraints of the social world and treat them at the same semantic level?

I think Carpe Diem used a fortuitous choice of words in that rebuttal. I have hence found myself feverishly reading these words of a renegade psychologist.

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6 comments
  1. Nikhil Thatte said:

    In a sense those immutable constraints of the natural world can indeed be equated with the (situational) constraints of the social world. Gravity is so immutable and ‘natural’ only as a product of our middle world sensori-motor brains. If I were an ant, gravity would be irrelevant and surface tension would be the true nature. Similarly, situational constraints of society are also products of our middle world brains and thus no more or no less ‘natural’ than gravity.
    All properties of gravity can be mirrored by social constraints like “It affects everyone, and how much it affects you depends on you as much as anything else (i.e. force is proportional to your own mass / your experience of society depends on you) and you can choose to get away from experiencing it(not truly get away from it, it permeates all) by possessing enough energy (leaving the immediate confines of earth’s field / not being bogged down by societal stuff) and so on.

    • unawoken said:

      Nikhil, thanks for your comment, and good comment!

      Yes, it is true that any constraint may be seen as a baseline and “netted” out.

      I think though that Carpe Diem meant to say that a reasonable person deliberately distinguished these constraints, and does not lump them while remarking about them. Which I think is not just true, but is quite revealing as well, per the mini-book I linked…

      • Nikhil Thatte said:

        Don’t quite understand. Will read book soon

  2. “In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
    Therefore… they had better aim at something high.”
    — Henry David Thoreau

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