Conversations With Nietzsche
How would it be to talk to the German nihilist philosopher.
Me: “Hi Friedrich, how are you today?
F: “I’m sad, and you?
Me: “I’m fine thanks, what are you sad about?
F: “Existence, I’m sad about this moment, I’m sad about living without any actual meaning”.
Me: “Yeah, I understand you, sometimes I feel this existential anguish too, what do you do when you feel so sad?”.
F: “Sometime I listen to Wagner, other times I just write poems or listen to nature, nature is truthful, not like men”.
Me: “Oh I do the same things, and does it help?”.
F: “I am distracted when I do these things, so yes, but the real value lies in confronting ourselves with these dark emotions, not running away from them”.
Me: “Yes, you’re right! I keep telling myself the same things, but I do not always follow these instructions, do you?”.
F: “I don’t, not always. But the important things is the intention, the strain in the right direction, the will, that’s what divides us from animals”.
Me: “I see. Do you think we have to evolve from animality?”.
F: “No, we have to embrace it, not deny it. The animal lives inside of us, and it’s beautiful so, no passion or fire will ever happen in us without the impulsive beast, the beast is wondeful in its innocence and wildness, the thing is to not be dominated by it, not if we do not want to”.
Me: “So we have to integrate the animal with the man? Is that what we have to do?”.
F: “Exactly, each one is lame without the other, the Apollonian balances the Dionysian, there is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness”.
Me: “I love this thought, of being complete by uniting our dualistic aspects, the devil and the angel into one single entity, the human. Do you think that possible?”.
F: “Yes, but enormous sacrifices and strives are necessary, if you want to obtain something than you have to destroy something else, that’s the nature of life.”
Me: “Thats true, I can feel the deep meaning behind your words. So have you obtained this kind of alchemic fusion within yourself?”.
F: “No I have not yet, I have still many weaknesses. My will is not sharp enough, when I’m tired, I’m attacked by ideas I thought I’d conquered long ago”.
Me: “So do I, sadly. What do you think about death? Will we return to life eventually?”.
F: “We’ve been here many times, and as many times we will return, life is a circle, what leaves returns, what dies comes to life, again, in an endless cycle, this is the eternal return”.
Me: “Wow! This reminds me of the eastern traditions, like buddhism and hinduism, do you know something about them?”.
F: “Yes, I’ve read some books like the Baghavad Gita and the Dhammapada, I think they’re very deep in content, something far beyond the western mediocre mind”.
M: “So, what do you think about time? Is it real?”.
F: “Time is not real, the repetition is, life has no beginning nor end, what arises and subsides is an illusion, thus time is the biggest of all illusions.”
Me: “Great! I’m going to ask the last question, I promise! How to be happy in this life?”.
F: “Happiness can only be achieved by accepting everything, this moment, sadness, pain, rage, envy, fear, only without inner conflict we can achieve happiness and joy, just flowing with the torrent of life without saying no, ever. Yes should be your mantra, you say yes to the whole universe, and by accepting everything, you become everything”.