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A woman in prison

Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1889, Kaufmann translation, “What I Owe to the Ancients”, sec. 4:

…. Eternal life, the eternal return of life; the future promised and hallowed in the past; the triumphant Yes to life beyond all death and change; true life as the overall continuation of life through procreation, through the mysteries of sexuality. For the Greeks the sexual symbol was therefore the venerable symbol as such, the real profundity in the whole of ancient piety. Every single element in the act of procreation, of pregnancy, and of birth aroused the highest and most solemn feelings. In the doctrine of the mysteries, pain is pronounced holy: the “labor pains of the woman giving birth” hallow all pain; all becoming and growing—all that guarantees a future—involves pain … That there may be the eternal joy of creating, that the will to life may eternally affirm itself, the “agony of the woman giving birth” must also be there eternally … All this is meant by the word Dionysus: I know no higher symbolism than this Greek symbolism of the Dionysian. Here the most profound instinct of life, that directed toward the future of life, the eternity of life, is experienced religiously—and the way to life, procreation, as the holy way … It was Christianity, with its ressentiment against life at the bottom of its heart, which first made something unclean of sexuality: it threw filth on the origin, on the presupposition of our life …

Again, Nietzsche takes up the feminine cause…with its—not “will to power,” but imperative to live. (Cf. Clarice Lispector’s vision in The Passion According to G. H.)

But again, like Lawrence, Nietzsche’s effort at picturing comfort in this oceanic feeling is a tad pathetic…like a woman in prison. Something is wrong with this picture.

Posted by luno in Heterocosmos, Nietzsche, male criminality (Saturday July 23, 2005 at 2:21 pm)

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