War...HUH!... what is it good for!?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by goofy headed punk, Oct 31, 2002.

  1. Xev Registered Senior Member

    Now, to be fair to Christians and brainwashed Americans, the concept that "human life has value" is a rather old one and serves to keep the slaves in line.

    I'm rather confused and intreagued. Most people would say that communism/socialism is the system that supports the useless unemployed more than capitalism does.

    Capitalism is the system with a "fend for yourself or die" reputation. When capitalistic nations (such as the US) support the surplus humans, they are attacked for being "communistic".

    I'm thinking especially of the criticisms of Hilary Clinton for being a "commie" when she was supporting universal healthcare.

    Okay, that out of the way, I'm curious as to how you tie slave morality into this.

    I disagree on human life. I don't support a system where I would be sacrificed for the "good of the many".

    The many are not worth the one. Nor is the one worth the many.

    I suspect that the whole "good of the one vs. good of the many" issue is a false dichotomy, resting on the (tenuous) conclusion that such a thing as human brotherhood exists.

    That said, I don't believe in human "rights" either.


    And welcome back, ndrs. Haven't seen you in some time.
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  3. spookz Banned Banned

    "the useless unemployed"

    perhaps their role in a market economy is to keep labor costs down.

    dont the euros work a 35 hr week (germany)?
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  7. fadingCaptain are you a robot? Valued Senior Member

    Power. Mankind has an intrinsic nature to assert one's power over others. Looking back at our origins, it is easy to see where this has come from. War is one of the modern day means in which power is won and lost.
  8. ndrs The Anti-Cthulhu Registered Senior Member

    I think I wrongly insinuated that Communism doesn't have slave morality.. Sorry about that.
    The original point I was trying to make is that Capitalism has too much slave morality in it. And war is a waste of life, but as Nietsche implied (I believe), advancement is the most important thing.
    War is the price of the advancement. Look at the space program: Without the cold war, it's slowed down well enough.. Guess, we will have to wait for China to reach Mars.
    Communism was a really bad opposite example, but human life wasn't valued as highly there..

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    I was trying to show, how unright the decision is: In UK, unemployed people get money, while students don't?
    I know, I confused you, by going in too deep, too quickly.
    I hope I don't need to explain that Communism is based on slave morality.
    In Democracy:
    I think, the extreme high value of life is based on slave morality. Especially, the individual equality principle is based on it. Although, it's obvious that some people contribute much more to society that others do, people are assumed to be equal?
    I wouldn't either.. But I would support a system where other people would be sacrificed.

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    Anyway, we are acting with slave-morality here ourselves, which is natural for a human being.
    Please explain.
    Thanks! My poor messy life.. And I don't seem to find so more topics, where I could get people confused and angry.

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  9. Xev Registered Senior Member

    Advancement? Of whom? I am skeptical.

    Hmm, I wonder if N would have even used the "some contribute more than others". As his predecesser de Sade notes, it's not really whether you can contribute or live a good life, it's whether you can impose your depradations on others.

    Strange though, can we categorize this high value of life as slave morality? I admit, I was never much on the concept.....I more tend to think of "herd/individual" dichotomy introduced in Zarathrusra.

    I wouldn't and I don't think N would either.
    I don't think that the individual should be offered onto the herd. (Nor do I agree with a Sadean "the herd should be offered onto the depradations of the individual" value, but this is OT.)

    With gibberish, bear with me:

    As humans, we have certain nepotistic urges towards our family and those we can impregnate/those who will support our children.

    Then we have bonds with the people we love and who love us.

    But the former is only a innate urge, like rape, murder and theft. Such urges can be tamed.

    The second is a matter of choice.

    Thus we see that to obey either urge remains a choice. We are not bound to mankind if we lose the idea that we must propegate our genes. Even keeping the idea, we still have only a reason to be "brothers" with our close family.

    (de Sade's criticism of the idea, less well formulated than mine, is worth a read.)
  10. ndrs The Anti-Cthulhu Registered Senior Member

    I have to say..
    I wrote a reply 3 times, losing the text all the time.. Fuck internet explorer.
  11. ndrs The Anti-Cthulhu Registered Senior Member

    Ok, Try #5:
    I also found a quote from N about war:
    Advancement of humanity. I believe N advocated that. Since he advocated first perfecting yourself, then teaching others..
    Anyways, look at the quote above..

    Maybe you have a website for deSade?


    Anyways, I will write about other things some other time.. I am a bit too pissed off with rewriting for the 5th time..
  12. Xev Registered Senior Member

    Hmmm. I suppose I don't think that N advocated the advancement of humanity in the conventional sense (scientific progress, higher standard of living).

    "I teach you the overman. The overman shall be the meaning of the earth"

    I believe that N advocated the advance of humanity towards the overman. I don't believe he had much use for advancing the many. Rather, he advocated the advance of the few towards the overman.

    As for the Marquis, good luck. I'd advocate reading his books, but I am not a sadist. *Laughs* He can be very repetitive, and the sex either makes one cringe or bores one to sleep.

    (Seriously, "Justine" is not half bad a'tall)

    He is not taken seriously as a philosopher, thus anything you'll find is likely dedicated to salacious and often false bullshit.

    To quote him:
    "From start to finish, vice triumphs and virtue is humiliated, and only at the end is virtue raised to its rightful pinnacle; there will be no one who, on finishing this tale, will not detest the false triumph of crime and cherish the humiliations and misfortunes which virtue undergoes."

    The problem with reading de Sade is that he had the most delightful sense of humor, which basically consisted in making one argument and then turning around and claiming the exact opposite five pages later - likely to simply fuck with the reader's head.

    Then there is my suspician that much of his philosophy is designed to simply piss people off. He adopts extreme positions that don't bear up under scrutiny....I don't think he was an idiot, simply that he was hideously bored and miserable in prison and decided to torment the society that rejected him.

    Anyways, "Juliette" contains arguments and themes that (I think) presage N's master and slave morality. And of course, Sade then attacks said arguments and plays the democrat right after making them.

    He's basically a pre-Nietzschean nihlist who fluctuates between extremes of claiming that the virtuous and good (like Justine) will and should be fucked over, or that the virtuous and good will be fucked over but that virtue still is a laudable thing.

    Thus, he's a challenge to find exactly what the fuck he is claiming...if anything.

    More later if you're interested, I've become somewhat obsessed with the bastard and need to rant.

  13. ndrs The Anti-Cthulhu Registered Senior Member

    Yes, but how else would you compare the value of two people from your point of view?
    Besides the use that that person can bring you... So some person who you personally wouldn't know, would be more valued by you, if he contributed more to your well-being..

    High value of life does help supporting individualism though..
    But at the same time, the high value of life keeps every socially useless being alive. The reason I categorize it as slave morality: It supports everyone Unconditionally. It is based on human feelings (pity). I also think this law makes so many contradictions (like 'kill 1 to save 10'. What would you do?).

    Yes.. The problem with today is that you are forced to be within society. I could agree that if you belong to a society, you should be judged by your value to it.. I think real individuals are always very valued in a society.
    But the main point is, how many individuals do you know?

    Like I said above, the problem is you have to belong to a society in a western world (you have to work, or have land to cultivate, or just money).
    So detachment is impossible now here.
    But then what would you do without other people? Would you like to live on a deserted island?
    I agree. Nietsche was not concerned with scientific progress. (He wrote something about it though in Zarathusra). His overman is a much more general goal (A truly philosphical, creating person). Overman could create whatever he feels like, as long as he creates.
    Do you agree?

    As for the Marquis, I just started reading Justine.. Seems to be a good and fun read.
    Anyways, Rant On!

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  14. Xev Registered Senior Member

    Flip a coin. No.....
    You're right.

    However, do we need to attatch value to other humans?

    It really depends on the one, for me. I value the man I love over ten strangers. Especially if they're republicans.

    But I agree on the high value of life. However.....I'd rather it was this way than the other way.

    Three, not counting myself.

    Yes, you do have to be within a society. And unless you accumulate power in that society, you have to abide by its values or be destroyed.

    And yet the more you despise the values of that society, the less you want to accumulate power in it, and the more vulnerable you become.

    I don't know. Somehow, that seems like it doesn't quite capture the concept of the overman....but perhaps that is because the ideal means sooo much to me and I can't see it in simple terms.

    Goody goody. I had my own ideas about Justine that I'd like to share whenever you get it finished.

    Justine is an interesting girl. She's strong enough to maintain the values that she's been fed and yet not wise or - how to put it? - "developed" enough to destroy those values.

    You could (knowing de Sade's work with m/s morality) call her the archetypical slave moralist....but it's not that simple. She's strong enough to abide by "her" values in spite of all that happens.

    Even though she is handicapped by the fact that her values are, ummm, slave and herd morality, she is still great in her own way.

    *Smiles* Or maybe there is no point and "Justine" is just de Sade's excuse for writing violent erotica and philosophical gibberish.

    Like I said, tell me when you finish. I want to know what you think of something.

    Whoo! But it's a secret!
  15. p_ete2001 Registered Senior Member

    War is good for killing people. I am leaving university to join the army. I want to kill some people before i die and i want to do it for my country because i love this country.
  16. goofy headed punk Registered Senior Member

    That, to me, pete is a little frightening.

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