With Your Permission. . .

18 Dec
In his work Beyond Good And Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) had the following comment:
 
 

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO POSSESS A TALENT: ONE MUST ALSO POSSESS YOUR PERMISSION TO POSSESS IT – EH, MY FRIEND?
Beyond Good And Evil, Part Four: Maxims and Interludes, Number 151.
I do not necessarily subscribe to the totality of Nietzsche’s philosophy; however, in the recent days and months, I have been reminded of this comment .

To me, it seems that those who do not develop new ideas often choose to ignore or degrade them. They are, in essence, sometimes simply saying that either:

1) They lacked the talent or insight to develop such “radical” concepts, or,

2) They are fearful that if they make their theories and concepts known, they, themselves are subject to the criticism that they espouse. Thus, they seek comfort and affirmation in reiterating old views.

As such, those concepts, and by extension, the one who creates the new paradigm, must be criticized so as to affirm the critics own level of knowledge. It is at such times that I think about the following statement made by an eminent American Karate Pioneer. While he bore the burden of his critics, he was also praised by those that understood him. As the pioneer has passed away, I will not name him; however, his contributions to Karate and philosophy are boundless to those whose hearts remain open.

I WOULD RATHER BE A LONELY SHEPERD THAN A HAPPY SHEEP.
 
To those who dare to dream, experiment and innovate, I give you my strength.
I will shortly begin a new multi-installment post in the category of Martial Ideology discussing the martial ideology of Mushin. Please check back soon. In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website at WWW.Dynamic-Meditation.Com
 

 

 

One Response to “With Your Permission. . .”

  1. Arius December 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    That’s why I have such reverence for Nietzsche–he dared to excavate matters where courage was absent in others.

    Some possess the talent–albeit, lack the courage of execution.

    Nice post;)

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