24 May 2009

No Storehouse of Forces, in Nietzsche, Will to Power, § 331

by Corry Shores
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No Storehouse of Forces

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Will to Power

§ 331

All things are related.
The smallest things bear the greatest, upon your little wrongful act stands the entire structure of the future, every critique of the smallest thing also condemns the whole.
So if we condemn one thing, we condemn everything. Thus to think that things ought to be a certain way is to say that everything is in the wrong way.

Granted, moral norms are ideals. None have been followed absolutely. But then we ask, what gives us the right to judge all things according to an impossible norm?

Some argue that our desire to judge things and be dissatisfied with them is an eradicable instinct. But that implies this instinct is one of our ineradicable stupidities.

Yet by judging this desire a stupidity, we are guilty of that very crime we critique.

We have drives that desire satisfaction. But this dissatisfaction of our drives is a dissatisfaction with the way things are. Hence it seems we might by nature be directed away from actuality.
eternal dissatisfaction itself? is desirability perhaps the driving force itself? is it - deus?


If we believed in the "all," we will be led to consider it "God." Hence we must
shatter the all; unlearn respect for the all; take what we have given to the unknown and the whole and give it back to what is nearest, what is ours.
there is no all, there is no great sensorium or inventarium or storehouse of force.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Will to Power. Ed. Walter Kaufmann. Transl Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale. New York: Random House Vintage Books, 1967.

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