The Birth of Tragedy (pt. 2)

Friedrich Nietzsche

Here are some passages I found intriguing from sections 3 & 4 of the book.

“There is nothing here to remind us of asceticism, spirituality, and duty: everything here speaks to us of a sumptuous, even triumphant, existence, an existence in which everything is deified, regardless of whether it is good or evil.” -pg. 27

I feel that this references the gods as more equal to humans in their behaviorism.

“In order to be able to live, the Greeks were obliged to create these gods, out of the deepest necessity… . How else could that people, so sensitive in its emotions, so impetuous in its desires, so uniquely equipped for suffering, have tolerated existence, if the very same existence had not been shown to it surrounded by a higher glory in its gods.” -pg. 28

I grew up not believing in a god. So when I think about what kind of god I would want to believe in, I think about the Greek gods. They went through similar situations that we have, and they have consequences for their actions, thus making them more similar to humans than the Christian God.

“And so in parallel with the aesthetic necessity of beauty runs the imperative of the ‘know thyself’ and the ‘nothing to excess’…” -pg. 31

“Know thyself” seems to be an important rule to live by. If you don’t know who you are, how can you decipher everything else in life.
Comparing Dream Vs. Intoxication
This is a flow chart of sorts based on the discussion in class on sections 1 & 2 of Nietzsche.


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