A conversation I keep hearing in Seattle, elevated somewhat:
‘This new society, this modern society, this secular society: This will be more open, more tolerant, more equal, and more fair. Look at all the progress around you! The moral, the scientific, social and personal are being united into a single whole. Evil and the stuff of human nature can be tamed, treated, and labeled. Much knowledge has been gained; it’s mostly a matter of design and implentation now. Get to work; be someone and do something, politics included. Go global. Think Enlightenment.‘
That old society, that pre-modern society, that religious and traditional society: How quaint! How oppressive! Have the courage to venture from its metaphysical ruins and local rituals. Don’t sleepwalk through its indefensible truth claims, mistaken honor, violence and war. What it cannot forget it will not remember. ‘
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Nietzsche directed his thought against Christian morality, secular morality (Kantian and utilitarian), was quite anti-democratic, and anti-Socratic Greek (the beginning of the end).
Quote found here at friesian.com (recovering Kantian idealism and moving in a libertarian direction):
‘Oddly enough, it is the intellctual snobbery and elitism of many of the literati that politically correct egalitarianism appeals to; their partiality to literary Marxism is based not on its economic theory but on its hostility to business and the middle class. The character of this anti-bourgeois sentiment therefore has more in common with its origin in aristocratic disdain for the lower orders than with egalitarianism.’
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