When Goethe published his "Sorrows of Young Werther" there were estimated to
be about 100 suicides in Germany, and it was also claimed that these suicide
victims died after reading this book.
Nietzsche, whose own sense of 'amorality' was meant to criticize
Christianity and elevate the reader to new heights of morality or
a-morality, was not able to instill any personal sense of worthlessness in
his readers. He was able to instill in his readers though a deep dislike of
Nietzsche's animals in particularly appear to be the ideal 'objects' in his
pantheon of gods, and symbols. The Eagle, the serpent are united in the sky.
The eagle symboling courage and power, and the serpent symboling wisdom.
Does any one believe that impressionable youths would be inspired to become
eagles and serpents by reading Nietzsche? I do not think that is the case
unless of course society was able to facilitate this vision and acting out.
Of course the only alternative existing right now is for youths to act out
rage by 'copycating' murderers on TV and protrayed in Hollywood movies.
Editors of newspapers found that such human acts as suicide and grisly
murders when published in print form were often copied by others. So the
press if very careful now not to reveal to much when murder has occurred.
But Hollywood makes loads of money off of protraying murder as an 'art form'
a 'spectacle' and a so on.
It is Hollywood that perpetuates the copycat kids who kill for no apparent
PS. I don't even have a gun, and I work around Grizzly bears.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony Crifasi" <crifasi@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 11:53 PM
Subject: Re: Morality As Bullshit
> Kenneth Johnson wrote:
> "A condemnation of life by the living remains in the end a mere symptom of
> certain kind of life [an anthonian kind -k]"
> Would you prefer the following Nietzschian kind:
> "PEARL, Miss. -- Clearly the seven students were friends. Perhaps they
> qualified as a clique, with at least some of them sharing an unusual
> interest in Nietzsche and Latin. Now the police in this suburb east of
> Jackson have charged that the students were also co-conspirators in a
> mysterious plot to murder fellow students at Pearl High School.
> On Monday night and Tuesday morning, the police arrested six students,
> plucking some of them from their first-period classes, and charged them
> conspiracy to commit murder. The arrests came less than a week after a
> rampage on Oct. 1 in which Luke Woodham, a 16-year-old student, is accused
> of walking into the school's airy, skylit commons and firing round after
> round from a hunting rifle. Woodham is charged with killing two students,
> including a former girlfriend, and wounding seven.
> The police later discovered that Woodham's mother, Mary Ann Woodham, 50,
> been stabbed to death with a butcher knife earlier that morning in the
> she shared with her son. Woodham has been charged with her murder as well.
> One of the students came to the attention of the authorities almost
> immediately after the shootings. Sledge said Woodham, upon arriving at the
> school last Wednesday, gave him notebooks of writings that seemed to
> an explanation for the killings. Sledge provided copies of one page from
> notebooks to several reporters.
> "I am not insane," the page reads. "I am angry. I am not spoiled or lazy,
> for murder is not weak and slow-witted. Murder is gutsy and daring. I
> because people like me are mistreated every day. I did this to show
> 'Push us and we will push back.' "
> The page ended with a passage from Nietzsche that asked, "How shall we
> comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?"
> Anthony Crifasi
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