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  • Does all knowledge exist in the mind?

  • Can all knowledge be made intelligible?

  • To be beautiful, as some philosophers would claim, does something have

  • to be intelligible?

  • If so, we're left with the following formula: knowledge = intelligible = beauty

  • Knowledge is that which is intelligible, and beauty is a form of knowledge.

  • Nietzsche attributes this formula to Socrates.

  • He was the one that saidknowledge is virtueand that

  • "to be beautiful everything must be intelligible”.

  • But, Nietzsche responds with the following question: how do we explain music?

  • Music is something people find beautiful, but it's not intelligible in the way many

  • other art forms are.

  • The beauty of a piece of music isn't understood intellectually so much as

  • it's felt in the body.

  • Music engages the instincts, drives, and senses.

  • You can feel the beauty way before you can articulate it.

  • So, if beauty is a type of knowledge, and music is beautiful, perhaps,

  • all knowledge isn't intelligible.

  • Maybe, there's a type of knowledge that's more instinctive.

  • Nietzsche thinks this is the case.

  • He believes that our instincts, drives, and passions are a type of knowledge that's

  • built into our body.

  • Think about how many millions, or billions, of life forms

  • eventually led to the birth of you.

  • You're part of a long unbroken chain of life

  • and there's a great deal of information stored in your body.

  • You can think of our instinctive drives as a fire burning within us.

  • Fire is powerful and destructive, but it also has the potential to create,

  • transform, and transfigure things.

  • A well controlled flame can become a candle that burns slowly, but passionately, and fills

  • an entire room with its beautiful scents.

  • There's no doubt that our passions can give way to violent and dangerous impulses.

  • Fire has the capacity to burn, and because of this, many cultures demonize it.

  • We're told to suppress our inner fires and desires.

  • We're told to overcome our flesh and our passions with the mind.

  • Nietzsche viewed this suppression as an attack on life.

  • Our passions, instincts, and drives are what give us the feeling of being alive.

  • When we suppress these drives we deny life.

  • We create a discord between our body and our minds.

  • Our body becomes a place of war and turns on itself.

  • The mind becomes a tyrant, and we become slaves in our own bodies.

  • Nietzsche believed that we must be okay with allowing this flame to burn brightly,

  • but we have to learn to harness it.

  • Our intellect and our instincts must work in harmony together.

  • Our instincts and drives carry a wisdom of who and what we're supposed to be.

  • Our mind can help this destiny express itself in a controlled and productive way.

  • When your instincts and intellect are in harmony, you live an authentic life

  • and become who you were always meant to be.

  • But, why live an authentic life?

  • Why does Nietzsche want us to harness our instinctive knowledge?

  • He realizes that we live in a world of imperfect knowledge.

  • He wants us to stop pretending that we know things.

  • Let's stop pretending that we know what truth, good, or evil are.

  • When you come into the world, you can't really be certain of anything except that

  • you are: you're here, right now, feeling, thinking, and doing things.

  • You're born with instincts, drives,

  • and a capacity to build a rational structure on top of that.

  • We can't be certain that there's another life or world after this one,

  • so why should we doubt our own impulses?

  • Why should we reject the innate knowledge that's been gifted to us?

  • Is it possible that there's more intelligence contained in our natural drives than our rational mind?

  • Nietzsche encourages us to allow our instincts to burn like a fire, but harness them and

  • give them a more beautiful shape by using the intellect.

  • Can you shape your intellect into a sail and use the flames of your passion to rise to

  • new heights?

  • This act of self-creation allows us to to reach our highest potential and give what

  • we uniquely have to give to the world.

  • To achieve anything in this world, to create anything of value, is difficult and requires

  • us to push ourselves beyond our current boundaries.

  • If we suppress our inner fire, if we make ourselves a battlefield between our mind and body,

  • we suppress the energy we'll need to overcome obstacles that we may face

  • on the way to reaching our highest potential.

  • And, in doing so, we make way for mediocrity.

  • You are art and artist: your instincts and intellect can be harmonized into

  • a uniquely beautiful whole.

  • In doing so, you live an authentic life and, as Nietzsche would say,

  • you become what you are.

Does all knowledge exist in the mind?

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Nietzsche — How to Live An Authentic Life

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    michelle posted on 2019/07/31
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