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If you are unfamiliar with Nietzsche, this is a good place to start - outside of reading the primary texts and the better secondaries. Hollingdale is particularly astute; his translations of several of Nietzsche's major works are generally accepted as among the best. Will Self offers a perspective closer to my own: Nietzsche as punk-philosopher.

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For him it was Wagner 🎼 for me it is Queen. Lol

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"For many people who didn't like The Last Jedi, the fact that Johnson's Star Wars was more "democratic" — and consequently indifferent to the aristocratic Skywalker bloodline or its transmission — means, paradoxically, that it's also less interested in the rituals of samurai training that made Star Wars so satisfying. Becoming a great Jedi warrior used to be serious work; it demanded talent and skill and time. Later it seemed to require an aristocratic bloodline as well (what with the midi-chlorians, etc.). Now it just demands talent and no study — Yoda even burned down the Jedi library! If you loved the Skywalker legend, then the news that the Force is independent of Skywalker-ness isn't a relief. If you loved the training element, that's gone. The new democracy also means that anyone (like Rey) can just come along and be better at the Force for no apparent reason. What was the point of Yoda? Do the sages have nothing to tell us? Did they ever?"

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Excellent! I did Pts 1 & 2 and thoroughly enjoyed both. One of them (I think it's Mark, he mentions his political writings and suspiscions about Liberalism), really seems to have a handle on Nietzsche

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LSD certainly does assist with free-association, creative deconstruction, revaluation and so forth. But that which can help, can also harm.

There is no Floyd without Syd. There is no Joy without Sorrow. There is no Apollo without Dionysus, or at least not any Apollo I care for.

A respectful, dialectical tension-of-distance must be maintained.

As one comes into relief, the other recedes. And then the reverse. Undulating, beating, shifting and morphing like the famous optical illusion of the Old Woman who turns into the Young Girl - yet the picture has not changed materially or formally

Syd went full Dionysus. Like Orpheus, he was torn to shreds, yet also like Orpheus, his head continued to sing after it had been ripped from his body by his devotees, the Maenads, flung into a river....he sings still.

Can you hear him? "Laughing Syd Barrett", as one J. Hendrix once described him.

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"In Graham Harman’s Weird Realism he suggests that reality is a Lovecraftian monster.

“Lovecraft resembles Braque, Picasso, and the philosopher Edmund Husserl by slicing an object into vast cross sections of qualities, planes, or adumbrations, which even when added up do not exhaust the reality of the object they compose.” [find clip of Harman on Lovecraft instead?]

For Harman every object in the world is a kind of Lovecraftian monster in so much as objects can never be reduced to their qualities nor can they be understood through their relations with other objects. Quite the contrary in fact. What’s real about an Objects, is how it withdraws from other objects. Objects hide their essence in a realm outside all relations just like Cthulu. A simple object like a pencil, is ultimately a horror, a failure, and incomprehensible. "


+Matt Gilbert​ speaking of happiness, could you explain what Nietzsche means by the following? "Formula of my happiness; a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal..." I came across it in his Ecce Homo (as you advised me to read), in the segment on why he's so wise.
If I may guess: he wants clear, unambiguous answers, no crooked, confusing paths to follow in life, and a purpose to pursue.
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