Ecce Homo, Why I Am a Destiny (1888)
It is difficult to alienate oneself from our desires. Why? Our desires are ourselves, because in order to claim a desire does not ultimately stem from the self is to claim some alternative source governs our actions in regard to something that isn’t our self. Even a man who is enslaved accepts his position as a slave, or he would rather die. Incapable of death? Is any man? Can any man not kill himself to the world through withdrawal from it? Is a man not capable of his own demise, and therefore his desires can never wholly conquer him? If his desires hold no say in his ability to reject himself, then the desire itself is less powerful than the self. It seems ludicrous to claim our desires influence us if they are less powerful than the self, for we would master them otherwise! No, our ill earned desires, such as that to break a diet and to do a drug, are all because of ourselves wanting it with a degree of power. Do we try to condemn this power? At times, we will recognise potential regret, and we suppress it because of ourselves. Everything is of self, and should be treated as such. The choice to not do a certain desire is just as much of self as the desire itself, because it defines our very selves. We will become what we desire, for our greatest desire, upon fulfilling, would not so much as become ourselves, and be complete in ourselves. A man who, strongly, wants to become God, would completely satisfy himself were he to become God. Yet, to succeed God. To become more powerful than him? If a man’s desire is to become like God, the ultimate being, then their desire is simply not strong enough. Nietzsche’s superman? It did not strive for godhood, and therefore cannot be superman! It did not try to become the ultimate by dethroning the ultimate. It blindly accepted God was dead, oh Zarathustra, you blind prophet of a dogmatic philosopher of his time! You are just as much a victim of your words as you are weak in your dreams. You do not wish to become God! Why would you? You are a vessel of a weak man’s words. It is not enough to be of self, and to recognise we are all of self. It is not enough to believe you are the only conscious thing. No, you need go beyond the idea of God. Beyond ‘Beyond Good and Evil’, beyond all the nonsense and simple release. You must heighten your concept of self before you become the greatest thing to ever happen to existence.