Nothing will fuck up your twenties more than thinking you’re supposed to have your shit together.
In which Snoop Dogg doesn’t give a fuck about your gender policing, and 50 Cent continues to be way too concerned about the sexuality of other male rappers.
50 Cent is so extra for someone who is merely a footnote in rap culture these days
achosfrequentat asked: Hey! My internet is painfully slow, but I always like your posts so I let those ones load because I know I won't be disappointed. I think I'm complimenting you. Do you like Nietzsche? And if so, what are your favourite things/theories/words from him? (Maybe up to three things..)
I’d say that’s a pretty big compliment! I know how frustrating it can be waiting for a slow internet to load, haha. Thank you!
And yes, Nietzsche is one of my favorite philosophical minds that I’ve studied in my free time, actually! Hmm, it’s hard to choose so I’ll post a few quotes that I like a lot and why:
- “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” [For some reason this reminds me of Hotel California’s lyric; ‘some dance to remember, some dance to forget.’ I connect the Nietzsche quote to our mob-mentality society that sees conformity as normalcy, if you ‘dance to a different tune,’ so to speak, you’d oftentimes be ostracized or criticized.]
- “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” [Not necessarily at the top of my list, but I do particularly like this one because it makes you think with it’s closing line of ‘but there is also always some reason in madness.’ There are countless, seemingly objective, intrinsic natural laws at work everywhere so subtly that one may never stop to think about at all, many are even beyond the mortal comprehension of humans. For every cause, there is an effect - for every action, a reaction. If the effect or reaction is madness, then there is very much a cause or action that created madness, and perhaps love can be attributed to one of these almost incomprehensible bylaws of nature, more than just a chemical reaction in the brain. Even when seperated from the topic of love, ‘there is always some reason in madness’ would remain one of my favorites.]
- “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” [This one I like because of it’s humbling suggestion - that there is no objectively superior way of being.]
- “There are no facts, only interpretations.” [This one ties into the previous quote, so I won’t go into explaining in detail, but I think this is one of the best outlooks one can have in life. The ego wants to be right, and will allow people to live soundly with lies even after being presented something that would otherwise disrupt their illusion. It is primal to believe the ego, but is transcendental to interpret for one’s Self and acknowledge that an interpretation is just that: an interpretation of the reality you’re faced with.] Also relating to the matter: “All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”
- “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” [Again regarding mob-mentality in society. Self explanatory.] ALSO, this quote I am going to group together with the preceding: “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
- “The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” [I love this one, because it makes the implication that a person of considerable wisdom would be able to reason that there is good in those that we may not particularly favor instead of holding an unbreakable grudge, and that there may be foulness in even those that we have grown close with - not literally to hate one’s friends. An example of that is that it is easy for someone to let a friend continue in wrongdoing, but a person of knowledge can see the err and either address it or stay clear of becoming sucked up in it.]
- “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” [Self explanatory.]
- “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” [Again, self explanatory.]
- “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not also become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” [Actually one of my favorite ones because I don’t think people quite grasp the concept of this Nietzsche quote. People will often become the evil in which they are working against and won’t even realize it. One political stance may jeer the other for it’s distorted perceptions but then commit to illusions themselves to sustain the feeling of superiority - another work of the ego. Think about how many people that have started as feminists digressed from a mission of gender equality into misandry. Think about how many countries and peoples have started as pacifists fighting a systematic violence only to adapt violence as their own. If you do not make a conscious effort then it is entirely plausible to be sucked into becoming that evil which you are devoted to destroying.]
These are a few of my favorites (excluding the funny one, ‘cause Nietzsche was a bit of a comedian in his own way), I’d keep going but my head, tummy, and everything hurts right now and I don’t wanna think anymore. Haha.