Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Word is Not a Word.

Apart from his scary mustache, and his "Frasier"high forehead,
Nietzsche has always fascinated me.
He had so many things to say and from him I learned words like

Philology means the study of literary texts of written records and to establish their authenticity, their original form and to determine their true meaning from history.

I often find lots of meaning is lost in interpretation and am often surprised people do not see this.
You can find the soul in words, in the way they are written and put together in a sentence but once you change the words, you change the soul and it disappears, never to venture forth again to touch the new readers who come across an authors' work.
For Halloween

On witches, Nietzsche has this quote:

The most acute judges of witches and even witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt
of witchery. The guilt was non existent. It is thus with all guilt.


He who fights with monsters should look at it that he himself does not become a monster.

When you gaze into an abyss, the abyss gazes back at you.

The surest way to corrupt youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike from those who think differently.

There are no facts, only

Today youth can find info quite easily over the net as opposed to my time when everything had to be researched in books and the right books read to research from, had to be found.

To do research, people had to be fluent in other languages like Greek, Latin, Aramaic etc...
Today you click and the word is translated for you. In fact whole passages are translated making it so much easier to find answers to questions.

I remember one teacher telling us kids, he did not want our opinions in essays.
In essays he searched for the research we did, on other learned peoples' findings.

He changed my way of trying to do things when writing papers because I thought this was what all teachers wanted to see.

Of course, they didn't.
Other teachers were interested in what other people, students thought and they wanted to see a thinking process taking place in essays. It is only in this way that growth can take place even for the teacher.

Everyones' interpretation of a piece of work is different.
Even the translations are different. Thus the
meanings are different.
And so Nietzsche comes back over and over again into my life.
And here he is again for Halloween.

Wife: 'You always carry my photo in your wallet.. Why?'
Hubby: 'When there is a problem, no matter how great, I look at your
picture and the problem disappears.'
Wife: 'You see how miraculous and powerful I am for you?'
Hubby: 'Yes! I see your picture and ask myself what other problem
can there be greater than this one?'
And for Diane who wondered who we open doors to on Halloween

Watch This.


Have a great day!


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi A Lady's Life .. what a great post - we can certainly learn so much from philology.

You've set it all out so well - and I love the Halloween quote - how appropriate.

I certainly need to re-read this and inwardly digest your words .. and then make my interpretation!

We seem not to be able to transport ourselves back into the writer or their times .. and in the process lose so much, as well as not inform ourselves about the times gone past or appreciate their struggles.

Fascinating post - great read - thank you .. Hilary

Mama Zen said...

I have always found Nietzsche fascinating!

A Lady's Life said...

hilary so true We read old books but we do not live in their time. The words were written for their time to have meaning for the people at that time.
So words have hidden meanings we are not able to truly understand.
Even current poets write things and we interpret the poems according to our experiences and views on things.
So we never truly know the author but it's ok I guess because they keep us searching and searching means to experience new things which means growing as people.

A Lady's Life said...

Mama Zen - you are a true philosoph

George said...

I must admit that I usually get a headache when I try to read Nietzche. There's no doubt that he is brilliant; there is also no doubt that he goes over my head. I did, however, find this post to be very good.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks George . Your opinion means a lot
I also find him difficult to read. Its not something you can do quickly and put away and you always learn something new with time.
I can never seem to end it with him.
I think its because he was such a good philosopher but even he could not find the meaning of life or answer to , why we exist.