Michael MoytaNietzsche PaperExistential Thinkers
So, one restrains one’s passions. One
tries to keep them in. This is not a viable option either.Passions will expand, whether you want them to or not. If one keeps them from getting out, thenthey dig in, becoming self-destructive. This can be the cause of the stupidity that Nietzschementions, though I believe he is referring to being in the throes of passion. I am referring to theserestrained passions making themselves manifest in mental illness, much like Freud does.Nietzsche also noted that all of the
“moral monsters” agree on this point, that “One must kill the passions.” The Bible is just the most forward and popular of these. “
He only employs his passionwho can make no use of his reason
Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman lawyer. This mayseem to contradict my previous point, that the Romans favored passions, but history shows thatthe Romans, like their Greek ancestry supports, do harbor philosophers and contradictorythinkers, and to hold them in high esteem.Nevertheless, Nietzsche offers a second path for dealing with passions. He suggests that thespiritualization of passions, the beautification, the deification of them. He even goes so far as tosuggest that passion is a logical second step in the progression of passion. At first, passion makesus dumb with its intensity. However, much later, one can learn to ride it, in a fashion. Theanalogy of a wave comes to mind; one does not steer a wave, nor ever create it. One merely ridesit, and if one does not respect it, one is bashed beneath it.Passions can be very useful tools, however, if one uses them right. As I mentioned earlier, theycan be like a fire, fueling progress and destroying opposition. But Nietzsche rightly points out,that they can also be destructive. I believe that riding passions are the best, but that if this cannotbe done safely, then to destroy them is the only option. This is not an act of weakness, but of supreme regard for fellow man, and the society one lives in.