Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pleasure and Inquiry

Faith does not offer the least support for a proof of objective truth. Here the ways of humans part. If you want to work for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe. If you want to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.

-Friedrich Nietzsche
In a letter to his sister
Bonn, 1865

In A Letter To My Sister

"As for your principle that truth is always on the side of the more difficult, I partly agree.

But it's hard to believe that 2 times 2 is not 4. Does that make it true?

Is it really so difficult to just accept everything you've been brought up on, and what really comforts and elevates humanity?

Is that more difficult than to strike new paths, fighting the habitual, experiencing the insecurity of independence and the frequent wavering of one's feelings and even one's conscience, proceeding often without any consolation, but always with the eternal goal of the good, the true, and the beautiful?

After all, do we have to have a view of God and the world that makes us feel the most comfortable? Do we seek rest, peace,and pleasure in our inquiries?

No. Only truth. Even if it's the most repulsive and ugly truth."

Friedrich Nietzsche
In a letter to his sister
Bonn, 1865