Friday, April 29, 2016
Nick Corley (Section 6)
Abstract: In my previous blog post, I left of describing Nietzsche’s thoughts on how humanity has changed over the millennia. I discussed how he believed that we used to value strength and dominance, however over the course of evolution, the weak and peaceful gained superiority. Perhaps it is better for societies to live this way, because without tranquility society would be in content disarray. Now I will branch out towards my second subject where I will describe another philosopher’s viewpoint on this discussion, and how it is not only societies that have changed their values, but the individual as well. Let’s begin.
As I contemplated on what Nietzsche had described to me, I turned and viewed the flowers another time. They still blew peacefully in the wind, and oddly I had suspected them to change after knowing what I had just been told. However, they still remained the same. When thinking on this matter, I was suddenly interrupted by a fellow observer. He stood and stared at the flowers with me for a while and finally said, I have been listening to your conversation, friend and I must admit, I am quite intrigued. Although he did not present himself to me, I already knew who he was. He was Sigmund Freud, the father of the psychoanalyst theory. Just like you, he said, I have been influenced by many people in my lifetime. I always imagined why the world operated in the way it did. He paused for a moment and then spoke again. These flowers and vines that you and Nietzsche have been analyzing, are simple on the surface but inherently flow with intense complexity underneath. I was puzzled for a moment and subtly asked, but in what way? He responded with an even more befuddling question. Do you think that these flowers and vines understand their lives? Or even the bee that pollinates the plant? They are like us in many ways, whether we understand it or not. They live to survive and ultimately die. However, they live in different fashions, with different techniques. They have adopted a specific lifestyle that suits their survival, however explaining why this is, is almost impossible. The reason being is because we cannot communicate with them. As you and Nietzsche described, we can only observe. I began to become more puzzled and naturally asked, but how does that relate to us? He chuckled to himself for a moment and responded. The reason I describe this to you is because we can communicate with one another. We, as human beings, possess the odd ability to maintain complex conversation. In my lifetime, I have used this ability to understand why I believe we think the way we do, and act the way we do. I have concluded, that there is a deep space within our minds and that it is not easily accessible. This part of our minds controls our deepest desires, and how we respond to elements and stimuli in our environment. This deep, complex, web has been building upon itself, much like the flower and the vine, throughout our entire lives. However, not only does this effect an individual, but a society as a whole. This construct of our minds defines our morality. It informs us what we think is good and what is bad, and societies ultimately adopt these beliefs as well. After all, we are much like the flower that grows. We grow separately, but together in the end.