Totality of drives
Nietzsche was a medic during a German war with France; in this part of 119 he depicts future thoughts that unnerve and other (possible) drives.
Nietzsche writes-in the women screaming and the cool Friedrich walking away wit to add levity; we’ll do gender and totality of drives in part one of 119:
– One day recently at eleven o’clock in the morning a man suddenly collapsed right in front of me as if struck by lightning, and all the women in the vicinity screamed aloud; I myself raised him to his feet and attended to him until he had recovered his speech – during this time not a muscle of my face moved and I felt nothing, neither fear nor sympathy, but I did what needed doing and went coolly on my way.
Suppose someone had told me the day before that tomorrow at eleven o’clock in the morning a man would fall down beside me in this fashion – I would have suffered every kind of anticipatory torment, would have spent a sleepless night, and at the decisive moment instead of helping the man would perhaps have done what he did.
For in the meantime all possible drives would have had time to imagine the experience and to comment on it.
*Next Up: Tomorrow, 18 April, and the third part of 2020 Nietzsche Daybreak aphorism 119.
Posted by Bryan W. Brickner