I stared into the abyss. What did Nietzsche mean when he said 'if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you'?

Friedrich Nietzsche

i stared into the abyss

If your submission was caught in the spam filter please message the moderators with a picture of Charlie Chaplin with his eyes removed. A transdisciplinary book, or without any discipline? The truly great haters in the world history have always been priests; likewise the most ingenious haters: other kinds of spirit hardly come into consideration when compared with the spirit of priestly vengefulness. You can see in the Yin Yang symbol that each force has the opposite force latently within itself the dot. Thanks for your in-depth response Michael. Man darf einen solchen Menschen zuletzt gar nicht mehr angreifen, denn er ist ganz Außenseite ohne Kern, ein anbrüchiges, gemaltes, aufgebauschtes Gewand.

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i stared into the abyss

A particularly tortured spectacle, in this mind rich in conflicts. There are other forms of imprisonment where the inmates are treated as normal human beings Norway for example. A painter without hands who wished to express in song the picture before his mind would, by means of this substitution of spheres, still reveal more about the essence of things than does the empirical world. It is the misfortune of active men that their activity is almost always a bit irrational. World history for us will then be nothing but a dreamlike otherworldly being.

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What did Nietzsche mean when he said “if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you”?

i stared into the abyss

I do not know whether, under these conditions, he grasped the full scope of this maxim, which means this: we are our thoughts. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Gird yourselves for a hard battle, but have faith in the miracles of your god! And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. In the last analysis he probably was a Jew all Jews become mawkish when they moralize. The brilliant twist is that one often inspires the other. What we find in them is merely an expression — and a masquerade — of a profound weakening, of weariness, of old age, of declining energies.

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What did Nietzsche mean when he said 'if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you'?

i stared into the abyss

Culture is liberation, the removal of all the weeds, rubble and vermin that want to attack the tender buds of the plant. It all depends on the balance already existing in you. To enhance our understanding of the world we need to go beyond gazing into the abyss. And so perhaps these two maxims are not opposites at all? To probe, to caress, to pay attention to the abyss, inject it into the unconscious, and it will come back to you in the form of enticing propositions. If he will not be satisfied with truth in the form of tautology, that is to say, if he will not be content with empty husks, then he will always exchange truths for illusions. Live at war with your peers and yourselves! His leap took great philosophical courage as it requires him to doubt everything he thinks he knows.

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What did Nietzsche mean when he said “if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you”?

i stared into the abyss

He feels that he cannot guide himself, cannot help himself—and then he dives hopelessly into the world of everyday life and daily routine, he is immersed in the most trivial activity possible, and his limbs grow weak and weary. He accuses Wagner's music of being an assault on the audience, brandishing its scale in a way that shocks the senses and bruises the organs, and of having too little consistency and comprehensibility -- winding an endless melody, rather than a theme. Thus, even at this stage, what they hate is basically not deception itself, but rather the unpleasant, hated consequences of certain sorts of deception. Fatigue is the shortest way to Equality and Fraternity--and, in the end, Liberty will surrender to Sleep. Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders? Verwirrt suchen unsere Blicke nach dem Entschwundenen: denn was sie sehen, ist wie aus einer Versenkung an's goldne Licht gestiegen, so voll und grün, so üppig lebendig, so sehnsuchtsvoll unermesslich. I stand often enough at the abyss of my soul, asking that same question, looking down into the dark crevices where the black monsters dwell on the bottom. Denn sonst müßte man wissen, daß es nur eine Art gibt, sie zu ehren, nämlich dadurch, daß man fortfährt, in ihrem Geiste und mit ihrem Mute zu suchen, und dabei nicht müde wird.

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What did Nietzsche mean when he said 'if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you'?

i stared into the abyss

The other half forms a white-as-snow moving cloud. Nietzsche refers to an age old dilemma, but one must remember the time period in which his mind was active. For I have lost my desire to know. But now we will no longer concede so easily that anyone has the truth; the rigorous methods of inquiry have spread sufficient distrust and caution, so that we experience every man who represents opinions violently in word and deed as any enemy of our present culture, or at least as a backward person. Most people view the abyss as existential darkness the meaning of life instead of an ethical problem.

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ethics

i stared into the abyss

Thus he lies in the manner indicated, unconsciously and in accordance with habits which are centuries' old; and precisely by means of this unconsciousness and forgetfulness he arrives at his sense of truth. The abstract Yin Yang theory can be applied to numerous real life situations. He knew how much could be unraveled from it, and the intrinsic value of the understanding. Between two absolutely different spheres, as between subject and object, there is no causality, no correctness, and no expression; there is, at most, an aesthetic relation. But rather than making oneself uniform, we may find greater value for the enrichment of knowledge by listening to the soft voice of different life situations; each brings its own views with it.

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