Friedrich Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols

14 October 2019

[Philosophers] think that they are showing respect for something when they dehistoricize it, sub specie aeterni, – when they turn it into a mummy. For thousands of years, philosophers have been using only mummified concepts; nothing real makes it through their hands alive. They kill and stuff the things they worship, these lords of concept idolatry – they become mortal dangers to everything they worship. They see death, change, and age, as well as procreation and growht, as objections, – refutations even. What is, does not become; what becomes, is not…. So they all believe, desperately even, in being. But since they cannot get hold of it, they look for reasons why it is kept from them.

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