Beyond Good and Evil…
Lately I stumbled upon a phrase from Friedrich Nietzsche:
He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he
thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss,
the abyss will also gaze into thee.
This is from a book of his, called Beyond Good and Evil (1886) and this quote is verse number 146 in chapter 1 : Prejudices of Philosophers.
If you want to read it you can download a legal FREE copy of the book from Project Gutenberg
This was not the first time I happen to think about that phrase. I have bumped into it a couple of times in the past.
It’s not that I am fan of Nietzsche. Sometimes its too difficult for me to understand him.
But it happens once in a while that you hear something and it echoes in your head…
Usually for some minutes… but sometimes for some years.
I don’t want to analyse that phrase for you.
This is YOUR job.
But my point of view now has changed regarding this phrase.
I see my abyss. My personal abyss.
I know it looks back at me. That’s the hard part.
Its a feeling like self awareness. Like you are watching a movie and you are the leading actor.
Strange. And terrifying.
I think that’s what he had in mind when writing this…
Nietzsche died mentally ill and his disease is not yet determined.
Maybe he looked too deep.
So be careful. Very careful.