Genealogy of Morals - Essay III

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    • ascetism - a way to say no to life
      • ascetic ideals because we do not have aims - we construct one which brings to nothingness
    • ascetic ideals
      • philosophers
        • a means to maximise the feeling of power
        • not denial of existence but an affirmation of it
        • philosopher will affirm only his existence
      • many things to many different people
      • poverty, humility, chastity
        • the renunciation of earthly pleasures in favour of a simple, abstinent life
        • they are not really virtuous
          • they are born from the selflessness of philosophers
        • these enhance the feeling of power of the philosophers
      • life, with all its sensory pleasures and distractions, must be deniedand turned against itself
      • an expression of the will to power trying to master life itself
      • the ascetic ideal springs from the protective instinct of a degenerating life
      • have become so dominant that they have poisoned our entire species and harmed some healthy spirits
      • to overcome the ascetic ideals is found in the self - overcoming of the ascetic ideals
    • we would rather will nothingness than not will
    • struggle and self torture - make ourselves sick
      • nausea and a pity of humanity
        • will of nothinghness (nihilism)
    • ressentiment
      • created by the priest by saying that the suffering of the sick is a right punishment
    • the herd
      • the sick who feel ressentiment
      • they are powerless
      • their fundamental drive is the will to power


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