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Friedrich Nietzsche and The Truth We All Seek.

Friedrich Nietzsche had already found it. He observed as the people around him spent their entire lives seeking this thing they called “truth” – a concept which they themselves had created. Unfortunately, Nietzsche had already discovered what they were looking for – the “truth” – but it looked nothing like how anyone imagined.

In a paper entitled On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense, Nietzsche wrote the following:

“If I make up the definition of a mammal, and then, after inspecting a camel, declare ‘look, a mammal’ I have indeed brought a truth to light in this way, but it is a truth of limited value.”

He later went on to say:

“At bottom, what the investigator of such truths is seeking is only the metamorphosis of the world into man… Similar to the way in which astrologers considered the stars to be in man’s service and connected with his happiness and sorrow…”

Nietzsche realized that through mans’ own self-conceit, it was making the world in its own image, essentially playing a game with the universe.

Nietzsche understood how vain and pointless the whole game really is.

“When someone hides something behind a bush and looks for it again in the same place and finds it there as well, there is not much to praise in such seeking and finding. Yet this is how matters stand regarding seeking and finding ‘truth’ within the realm of reason.”

Perhaps you and I can learn from Nietzsche’s observations. Perhaps by recognizing that we’re in charge of the concepts we create, we can avoid trying to find purpose in projecting our beliefs onto the universe. After all, by finding enjoyment in “discovering” the truths that we ourselves created, we’re simply wasting our time.

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