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  • louise
    ~ In whatever way man may represent beings as such, he does so with a view to Being. By means of this view he advances always beyond beings - out beyond them
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      ~ In whatever way man may represent beings as such, he does so with
      a view to Being. By means of this view he advances always beyond
      beings - out beyond them and over to Being. The Greeks said this in
      the word meta*. Thus man's every relation to beings as such is
      inherently metaphysical. If Nietzsche understands revenge as the
      spirit that defines and sets the tone for man's relationship with
      Being, then he is from the outset thinking revenge metaphysically.
      Here revenge is not merely a theme for morality, and redemption from
      revenge is not a task for moral education. Just as little are
      revenge and vengefulness objects of psychology. Nietzsche sees the
      essence and scope of revenge metaphysically. Yet what does revenge
      in general mean?
      If at first we keep to the meaning of the word, although at the same
      time trying not to be myopic, we may be able to find a clue in it.
      Revenge, taking revenge, wreaking, urgere*: these words mean to
      push, drive, herd, pursue, and persecute. In what sense is revenge
      persecution? {Footnote. The clue may reside in the fact that the
      word here translated as "persecution", Nachstellen*, is a
      morphological pendant to the word Vorstellen*, "representation".}
      Revenge does not merely try to hunt something down, seize, and take
      possession of it. Nor does it only seek to slay what it
      persecutes. Vengeful persecution defies in advance that on which it
      avenges itself. It defies its object by degrading it, in order to
      feel superior to what has thus been degraded; in this way it
      restores its own self-esteem, the only estimation that seems to
      count for it. For one who seeks vengeance is galled by the feeling
      that he has been thwarted and injured. During the years Nietzsche
      was composing his work "Thus Spake Zarathustra" he jotted down the
      following observation: "I advise all martyrs to consider whether it
      wasn't vengeance that drove them to such extremes" (see the third
      Grossoktav* edition, XII, 298). ~

      Extract taken from "Nietzsche", by Martin Heidegger,
      Vol. Two, The Eternal Recurrence of the Same [pp 221-2],
      Translated by David Farrell Krell. Harper & Row, 1984.

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      posted by Louise
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