Michael Gillespie, quoted in Materialism and Nihilism’s Consequential Union: Notes on Kay Ryan’s “Nothing Ventured”
This short essay on Heidegger is very good: it locates his historicism - roughly, the idea that you don’t understand a time other than your own - in a kind of moral reasoning. When debating what to do with the environment, for example, the Heideggerian insight might be that the debate is already lost. We do not see the forest or the trees as someone before industrialization might. We already see them explicitly as objects for our use or our preservation. A whole world of “what Nature means” is closed to us.
I’m going to try to get notes up on “Beyond Good and Evil” up soon. I spent a lot of time yesterday - yes, that was Christmas - resuming work on that book. I find it nearly impossible. I think those of you on tumblr reading it, and I know there are several, should have some moral support in this endeavor. Reading can be really difficult, despite what certain parents and teachers and students say.
Not to wish to see too soon.— As long as one lives through an experience, one must surrender to the experience and shut one’s eyes instead of becoming an observer immediately. For that would disturb the good digestion of the experience: instead of wisdom, one would acquire indigestion.
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Mixed Opinions and Maxims
http://toniiu.tumblr.com is reading Nietzsche at the moment!
More on Nietzsche - a cryptic comment on a cryptic aphorism: “Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.”