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On Sorrow & Practical Sympathy.....

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  • Bob M.
    Sorrow has been made respectable; a thousand explanations have been given to it; it has been made a way to virtue, to enlightenment, it has been enshrined in
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      "Sorrow has been made respectable; a thousand explanations have been
      given to it; it has been made a way to virtue, to enlightenment, it
      has been enshrined in churches and in every house it is made much of
      and given sanctity. Everywhere there is sympathy for it, with tears
      and blessings. And so sorrow continues; every heart knows it, abiding
      with it or escaping from it, which only gives it greater strength, to
      flourish and darken the heart. But sorrow is the way of self-pity,
      with its immeasurable memories. Sorrow has its root in memory, in the
      dead things of yesterday." (J.K. 'Notebook' '61)

      What is good?--Whatever augments the feeling of power, the will to
      power, power itself, in man.
      What is evil?--Whatever springs from weakness.
      What is happiness?--The feeling that power increases--that resistance
      is overcome.
      Not contentment, but more power; not peace at any price, but war; not
      virtue, but efficiency (virtue in the Renaissance sense, virtu,
      virtue free of moral acid).
      The weak and the botched shall perish: first principle of our
      charity. And one should help them to it.
      What is more harmful than any vice?--Practical sympathy for the
      botched and the weak--Christianity...(Nietzsche - 'The Antichrist')

      Bob M.
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