Yes and No
Yes and No
In the wake of his early fascination with Arthur Schopenhauer’s dark pessimism, Friedrich Nietzsche discovered that Yes had an energizing and terrifying power in ancient Greek tragedy. In Albert Camus’s 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, repetition drives home the pointlessness of existence, the call of suicide. Western philosophy is a philosophy of negation; it is afraid of Yes. Rene Descartes’s philosophy is a perfect example of a philosophy motivated by fear of error, but it was, nevertheless, a constructive philosophy. It was constructive in the very weakest sense: affirmation by double negation. To be worthy of what happens to you, you need to use what happened, without ressentiment, in creation, in becoming. Ressentiment exercises its spiritual revenge by reversing the values of the nobles, a reversal tackled by Nietzsche in terms of the predator-prey relationship.
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