meep (meep) wrote,

Thoughts on Nietzsche, pt1

This will be short. I have never actually read Nietzsche before other than the usual pithy quotes everybody knows (abyss yadda yadda).

But Nietzsche has cropped up in several books I've read recently, and I know others who are big Nietzsche fans, and one convinced me to get started with The Portable Nietzsche.

I've basically gotten through what I consider prep material. Lots of editor's notes, as well as very short excerpts of unstructured writings. Lots of good material so far, but I started seeing particular sour notes creeping in. But that's for later.

I want to address one of those early excerpts:

When marrying, one should ask oneself this question:

Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this woman into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory, but the most time during the association belongs to conversation.

That's extremely perceptive for a man whose father died when he was a small child and was never married himself. He had a few other remarks re: women & relationships where it was pretty damn clear he had no direct experience. But it's not like he didn't run into other married couples in his social interactions, and he seemed to be a fairly perceptive person in many respects.

But yes, it's like with tattoos: before you commit, you need to think what it's gonna be like 50 years from now. Not just in the throes of passion for a "really cool tat design" or a hot lay.
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