Wednesday, July 20, 2016
While Kant’s repetitive processes tend to render results, I feel like anything that you do consistently will eventually be gainful. Even Nietzsche’s walks, while not repetitive at the same time every day at the same time, were a consistent part of his life. I believe that the repetitive level that Kant was doing may be perhaps too structured for anyone practically to live by. I tend to have a few activities that I do every single day. A few of them on purpose in order to become better at them and a few unintentionally that seemed to manifest and I’m unsure why. The only thing I actively do every day at the same time is archery. I practice archery every day early in the morning in order to escape the heat before it becomes unbearable, which for me it becomes so at around 8am. I enjoy archery and also have a strong desire to become good at, but I never become upset if I am unable to do because I’m out of town or something. It’s nothing like the obsessive structure of Kant. I would akin it more to the structure of Nietzsche’s incredible mountain hikes, something you would expect from a German. I practice relentlessly, sometimes for hours on end try to create new ways of practicing to better improve my skills. A large difference that I will note is that I practice not for my health, like Kant would, nor for the desire to escape migraines as Nietzsche would, but for the entertainment value as well as the improved ability. I will say though that the thing Kant and I share in common is an absolute hate of the heat. While ant’s iron will caused him to continue to walk even in the most oppressive heat (even if he did have to take a few breaks) I will only stand it for a few minutes before packing up and running into my air conditioned house.
I believe that if a person has the right balance of trepidation as Nietzsche did as well as some of the repetitive cycle of Kant in some sort of balance that they are in the best system. We all need structure in order to accomplish things, page by page as Herman describes Kant. However, we also need the exhilarating adventure that is Nietzsche’s intense mountain hikes in order to break the monotony. Having both and striking the right balance that work for you is the most important and difficult part.