When Nietzsche Wept


Yet another entry. I’m going to become a journal junkie. Is that a bad thing?

My grandfather, (or Taw, as we all call him) always used to pester me about writing a journal. “Write it down now, or you’ll forget it.” Somehow, I don’t think this is exactly what he had in mind.

Anyhow, I just got back from my Religion and Literature class. We’re talking about Yalom’s book, When Nietzsche Wept, (gotta love how that is spelled). It’s actually a great book. My prof. does a good job of not dissecting a book to the point where if you even here the title, “Lord of the Flies” again, you’ll tear out someones esophagus. Anyhow, the book is pretty cool. It talks a lot about the for Existential Pains, (Choice, death, loneliness, and purpose), and has some great insight into the human condition. I recommend it highly. It’s not an action book, so if you’re looking for an intricate plot, look elsewhere, but if you’d like to get under the skin of relationships, obsession, addiction, etc, this might be one to look up.

My favourite part:

Breuer finally managed a question: “So, as I understand it, eternal recurrence promises a form of immortality?”

“No!” Nietzsche was vehement. “I teach that life should never be modified, or squelched, because of the promise of some other kind of life in the future. What is immortal is THIS life, THIS moment. There is no afterlife, no goal toward which this life points, no apocalyptic tribunal or judgement. THIS MOMENT EXISTS FOREVER, and you, alone, are your only audience.”

Breuer shivered. As the chilling implications of Nietzsche’s proposal grew more clear, he stopped resisting and, instead, entered a state of uncanny concentration.

“So, Josef, once again, I say, let this thought take possession of you. Now I have a question for you: DO YOU HATE THE IDEA? OR DO YOU LOVE IT?”

“I HATE IT!” Breuer almost shouted. “To live FOREVER with the sense that I have NOT lived, have NOT tasted freedom–the idea fills me with horror.”


Isn’t that fantastic? Live in such a way that you WANT that moment to go on forever and ever, (amen).

Of course, you really can’t get the whole picture since you don’t know any of the characters, and the situation, but you get the idea.

Live in such a way that you love the idea.


About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

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