Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Splendid Blond Beast (21st Century Edition)

Friedrich Nietzsche sez:
They revert to the innocence of wild animals: we can imagine them returning from an orgy of murder, arson, rape, and torture, jubilant and at peace with themselves as though they had committed a fraternity prank—convinced, moreover, that the poets for a long time to come will have something to sing about and to praise. Deep within all these noble races there lurks the beast of prey, the splendid blond beast, bent on spoil and conquest.




The splendid blond beast has indeed shown quite the lust for blood in recent years. It's been a while since I last read any of Nietzsche's work. The quote above came from On the Genealogy of Morals, which I would have tackled during my undergrad years (in the late 1980s we were still using Walter Kaufmann's translations of many of Nietzsche's works). He certainly had a flair for characterizing some of the most base impulses of humanity, in particular within the psyches of those who aspired to be the "best and brightest."

See also, excerpts from the book, The Splendid Blond Beast, by Christopher Simpson.

Credit where credit is due: this is something of a remix of a post at A Tiny Revolution.

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