Thursday, November 29, 2018

Free Download: Friedrich Nietzsche, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For All And None”

“In individuals, insanity is rare; 
but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Friedrich Nietzsche went mad after allegedly seeing a horse being whipped in the Italian city of Turin. It is believed that Nietzsche lost his sanity, with one particular event in 1889 often highlighted as the definitive moment of his mental collapse.

The story goes that on the morning of January 3, 1889, while Nietzсche was taking a long walk through the city streets, he saw a horse being whipped by its owner. The merchant apparently had difficulty getting his the stubborn horse to move, so in frustration began to flog the animal. Distraught at the sight, Nietzsche rushed toward him in a flight of rage, threw his arms around the horse’s neck in order to defend it from the vicious blows, only to break into tears and collapse to the ground right after.

Nearly arrested for this unexpected outburst, the philosopher was quickly ushered away by his friend and landlord, David Fino, who took him home. He spent the next two days on a couch in a complete vegetative state. At least, this is one version of the events, used as a premise in a movie about the horse, and his life after.

He was sent to a mental asylum in Basel and on January 18, only two weeks later, he was transferred to the Jena mental asylum, where he was given a diagnosis of tertiary cerebral syphilis based on the fact that he was displaying signs of paralytic dementia, a neuropsychiatric disorder associated with the later stages of syphilis."
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"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does 
not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, 
the abyss will gaze back into you."*
 - Friedrich Nietzsche

"'Thus Spoke Zarathustra" is the classic full text work by Friedrich Nietzsche. The book is considered among his most well-known and important works. The book is a dense and esoteric treatise on philosophy and philosophy, featuring as a fictionalized prophet descending from his recluse to mankind, Zarathustra. 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra" also contains the famous dictum “God is dead.

Freely download "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For All And None” here:
*"We work in the dark. We do what we can to battle with the evil that would otherwise destroy us. But, a man's fate is defined as not a choice but a calling. Yet sometimes the weight of this burden causes us to falter, breaching the fragile fortress of our mind, allowing the monsters without to turn within and we are left alone, staring into the abyss... into the laughing face of madness."
- David Duchovny as "Fox Mulder"

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