By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Buck, Keith; Fornari, Giuseppe; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
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Nietzsche’s mind broke down as he rashly attempted to surpass and reject the imitative models that are at the basis of our existence as human beings. Nietzsche was an insecure and highly ambitious intellectual with terrible complexes, both moral and physical (he was, for example, extremely nearsighted all his life), and he was never willing to accept his own imitation, his desire, and the most important mediator of that desire, Richard Wagner, whose extraordinary personality he ﬁrst encountered and venerated as a young man.
Vomit. No mistakes detected in the patient’s diet, but he often bolts his food. 14 December. 18 Nietzsche is now a demented wretch, who repeats the most degrading actions in an apparently senseless mechanical way. Great care is generally taken not to look too closely at these documents, and in effect it only seems possible to peruse them with a sense of pity and profound dismay. But they deserve to be examined, and not just to bring us face to face with the sad reality hidden beneath the whited sepulchers of our cultural mausoleums.
The giant symbolizes the superman-philosopher but at this point it has become a caricature (“When a giant makes water, it’s like the Flood”21). ”22 By defecating, ‘freeing himself ’ in every sense of the term, Nietzsche imagines that he can expel Wagner and at the same time submerge him in the most degrading and humiliating manner, a double annihilation, physical and symbolic, which we shall analyze more fully when we look closely at Nietzsche’s dramatic relationship to the composer. But in the manifest deﬁnitive bleakness of the mental hospital, all real control had gone, and the inﬂated evacuation revealed the other side of pathological megalomania.
A God torn to pieces : the Nietzsche case by Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Buck, Keith; Fornari, Giuseppe; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm