As we got deeper into this examiniation, some passages were placed on this board... basically presenting thoughts from Nietzsche and Norman for consideration by those reading here, and for reference in associated room discussions. Also, to perhaps encourage others to read beyond just the Gorean novels and expand their understanding of a variety of ideas.
While serving its initial purpose, we decided to reorganize the thread itself, reposting what was already introduced and expanding the material presented in a manner better serving those interested. The thread that follows is the result of this reorganization and ongoing development.
The juxtaposition of these passages is done with the intention of encouraging those reading here to think more deeply on the thoughts they contain. The hope is that in doing so, a deeper understanding of the themes suggested will be attained through comparing and contrasting the ideas presented.
In reading these passages, it should be remembered that what is shown here are only excerpts from greater works. The attempt is made to retain the integrity of each author's ideas, but limitations are caused in response to what is practical and feasible in a place such as this. In all circumstances, accurate citation is given, and readers are encouraged to seek out the respective texts to further examine issues of particular interest. Exposure to possibilites is a further step towards seeking greater understanding.
"[Nietzsche's] famous instruction 'Become who you are' has been read as an 'existential imperative,' and it has been read as a mode of discovery and reinterpretation. The dominant expression in Nietzsche gives - at least in Genealogy - is that one can do very little to change one's basic being, much less to 'improve mankind.' In particular, whether one is strong and noble or weak and pathetic is not a choice of existential options but a kind of 'given,' in terms of one's social origins and upbringing, and resides at the core of one's character, perhaps even in one's genes. As he puts it in Genealogy, an eagle can no more become a lamb than a lamb can become an eagle. But it is clear to whom Nietzsche is addressing his supposedly neutral descriptions: not to the lambs but to the readers who identify with the 'master' - type and suffer from 'bad conscience.' For them, reading Nietzsche can be a liberating experience."
"Eagles and Lambs: Metaphors of Strength and Weakness"
From - What Nietzsche Really Said Pg. 123-124
- Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins