Saturday, September 3, 2011

Per's Quote of the Day

“If someone wills the truth it is not in the name of what the world is but in the name of the world is not. It is understood that ‘life aims to mislead, to dupe, to dissimilate, to dazzle, to blind.’ But he who wills the truth always wants to depreciate this high power of the false: he makes life an ‘error’ and this world an ‘appearance’. […] The man who does not want to deceive wants a better world and a better life; all his reasons for not deceiving are moral ones. And we always come against this virtuism of the one who wills the truth: one of his favourite occupations is the distribution of wrongs, he renders responsible, he denies innocence, he accuses and judges life, he denounces appearance. ‘It has gradually become clear to me… that the moral (immoral) intentions in every philosophy have every time constituted the real germ of life out of which the entire plant has grown… I accordingly do not believe a “drive to knowledge” to be the father of philosophy.’ –However this moral opposition is itself only a symptom. The one who wants another world, another life, wants something more profound: ‘Life against life.’ He wants life to become virtuous, to correct itself and to correct appearance, for it to serve as the way to the other world. He wants life to repudiate itself and to turn against itself: ‘An attempt to use force to taint force.’ Thus behind the moral opposition there stands another kind of contradiction, the religious or ascetic contradiction.”

- Gilles Deleuze on Nietzsche

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