Friedrich Nietzsche

“I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn it to it’s advantage.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“When we arrived at the couple’s apartment we began to explore right away. Josie and I were very anxious to examine every square inch of the place but Vincent was very cautious. “Guys I have a terrible feeling about these people and this place. We should escape or at least hide until we’re sure it’s safe” he would say. Josie on the other hand had no reservations whatsoever. “I think they’re nice. They pet me and let me smell them and they smell like really nice people.” Vincent darted his eyes toward his sister. “You think everyone is nice.” he said scornfully. “Everyone is nice!” she cheerfully responded. We explored every square inch of our new space avoiding when possible the humans.”…..

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“I don’t believe in Man”

Is there a term for this? A person who doesn’t believe in God is called an atheist. But what do you call it when someone no longer believes in man? Well obviously I’m not saying I don’t believe in the existence of man, (though anyone who’s read 1984 could make a case for the existence of non-persons) rather I no longer believe in man as a god. I now realize I once believed man was a god although I was never able to admit it to myself. Man as a god? Have you lost your mind William Chasterson? No. I’m just being honest. If you were to examine closely your beliefs you may be surprised to find that you too currently worship Man. Think about it. What is the underlying theme of epic Hollywood movies like Independence Day, Star Wars, Armageddon or the Matrix? Despite overwhelming obstacles Man always prevails. Something called the human spirit and the need for man to stubbornly remain the same despite the threat of extermination is strongly pushed by these forms of entertainment. Such ideas are swallowed up hook line and sinker by the masses without their even realizing it. Evidence of this can be found just by turning on the news. How many wars are started and terrorists acts committed because of Man’s absolutist belief in himself? Now I’m not anti-man. I’m just pro-reality. History is littered with countless examples of epic beginnings and disastrous endings. 

You may wonder where I’m going with this? I’ve come to the conclusion that man is not qualified to rule himself. At this point you may roll your eyes, throw your hands in the air and conclude, “William you’ve been having a laugh at us. If man can’t decide for himself between what is right and wrong what would you have him do?” I will reply that I’m quite serious. Mankind is out of control. As for the follow up question of what we are to do I’m not prepared to tackle that right now. I think the admission that we have no idea what we’re doing is sufficient. It requires a bit of the virtue humility to do this. For this reason the majority of people in the world will never admit this to themselves. Oh when push comes to shove they may admit it to others but admitting it to oneself…That is the really hard part. The realization comes to us now and again but we quickly push it back into our subconscious as an absurdity. Society makes this easy by providing a striking facade of order. The facade is convincing as long as it is not examined to closely or put under scrutiny. To help us avoid this discovery society provides us with an endless amount of distractions. The Romans had the coliseum. We have television. This proven system works well in developed countries. But in the third world the fact that man is in over his head is harder to hide. Less effort is applied to try and conceal the fact. The following example will illustrate my point.

Today my friend who as I mentioned in a previous post is a taxi driver attempted to drive me home. All at once another taxi pulled into our lane blocking our advance. When my friend attempted to swerve around the taxi the car behind us started honking its horn and officers ran up to our car shouting. I was told to get out of the car. They said they were from the municipal police and were confiscating the car because my friend didn’t have a particular document. I asked my friend what he wanted me to do. This response may seem strange to my readers in the states but where I’m at you have to weigh every decision. They could be rouge officers shaking people down for money or worse just plain criminals who had gotten their hands on police uniforms. My friend told us to take another taxi so I got out, the officers entered and my friend drove off with them. The preferred action in a situation like this is to call someone with influence. Here in Africa who you know makes all the difference in the world. I don’t know anyone with influence but I have friends who are connected. Anyways it didn’t matter because I didn’t have credit on my phone. (Here all the phones are pay as you go.) I watched as my friend drove off with the officers. Later that night we received a knock on our door. It was my friend. He explained that they took him to a compound lot and ordered him to either immediately pay $200 for the required document or hand over his keys. One of the officers gave him the alternate option of paying a $100 bribe to be released. He continued to stand his ground complaining that he doesn’t have any money and what they were doing was unlawful. One of the officers was impatient and he yelled for the others to strike him. Finally the head officer gave him until the count of five to hand over the keys. After that he would approve the use of violence. They wrestled with him but he refused to loosen his grip on the keys. Finally an officer of hire rank noticed the commotion they were making and inquired into the matter. The document they were requesting was not available at the beginning of the year when he registered the taxi. In fact the documents just recently became available as the year is about to come to a close. Instead of alerting everyone of the arrival of the document to generate money they decided to catch the taxis by surprise and strong arm them into either immediately buying the document or paying a bribe. It made no sense for my friend to pay $200 for a document that would expire in two weeks. He would then be forced to spend another $200 for an updated document. The hire ranking officer advised them to let him go since he was making such a ruckus about it. Situations like this are frustrating but at the same time it’s comforting to know my hypothesis about man is sound.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm

– Friedrich Nietzsche

 

So there I was, standing at the edge of the Cuyamonga River staring down at the rushing water with a determined look in my eyes. The air was damp and had a briny smell. All kinds of thoughts were running through my head. “What does it feel like to drown?” I thought. “Will I hold my breath the entire time until the burning in my chest forces me to fill my lungs with icy water?” A sudden shudder shook my entire body as I thought of how cold the water must be. A nearby crack of a twig breaking suddenly stole my attention from the steady rumble of distant rapids. Quickly I looked back in the direction that I thought I heard the sound. All looked still. There was no one there, just trees and rocks. “Did I really hear something or is my mind just playing tricks?” As I turned back to face the water I could still picture the trees and rocks where I heard, or at least thought I heard the sound. “In this mental picture there was definitely someone there, watching me with piercing critical eyes.” …….

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Chapter 6

“I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back – Leo Tolstoy”

“A cat that looked about my age suddenly stepped out of the shadows. “So, you are the one that’s been creating all of the buzz in Lumpenproletaria,” said the cat. I asked, “Are you the threshold guardian?” He rolled his eyes. “Follow me,” he commanded and turned back into the shadows. I quickly caught up with him. I was a little confused because I was told that Lumpenproletaria was a neutral territory yet the impression that Justice had left me with was that this guide was working for Socrates. I decided to inquire. “Excuse me sir, but …” “Let me ask you a question,” he abruptly interjected. “Are you a true believer? In animalism I mean. Its all right you can speak freely. In Lumpenproletaria you are not held accountable for what you say.” I was taken aback by his forwardness. “Yes,” I replied. “I believe that once all animals wake up and realize that we all belong to the same species we will be able to work together for lasting peace.”

Excerpt From: Chasterson, William. “Breed   The Secret Design To Maintain Racial Inequality Among The Despised Classes.” 

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