Vexen Crabtree 2015


Vexen Crabtree's Live Journal

Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Beyond Good and Evil

I finished reading this masterpiece of Nietzsche yesterday. It was truly the greatest and most insightful read I've ever had and nobody can convince me that it can ever be read enough times, as it is such a complex, honest, and deep journey into the human psyche, soul, motive, and conscience. After all this time, it can be considered a novel look at the human mind as is revealed through the uncovering of philisophical biases, political and religious hypocrisy, and spiritual stagnation. It must have really blown people away when it was published. It turns all so-called "truths" on their heads...or as I see it, back on their feet!
What really amazed me, though, was so much of what I've read about Satanism cearly there as its roots and foundation. The good guy badge (Nietzsche called it the badge of morality), altruism and love actually being "egoistic," doubt and the search for truth being absolutely necessary, attacks on Christian belief/masochism, the admiration of art and the artist, the burning desire for human improvement, the excitement of life as it is our one and only chance, the need for using enigmatic methods of hiding oneself from destructive and even unworthy eyes, etc, etc, all there!
Vex, if it wasn't for reading through your sight first I wouldn't have understood a large chunk of what was in there and maybe would have put it down at Chapter one. Heck, I wouldn't have even gotten into Nietzsche (perhaps never have) if it wasn't for you and your hard work. I owe you what I don't know if I can ever give back.

Thank you, once again.


Re: Beyond Good and Evil

Wow, look at me there, over five years ago, so filled with piss and vinegar; so enthused by this profound, ingenious, 19th-Century thinker I'd newly discovered through this site of yours, and little did I know that I was just getting warmed up. I had no idea what was ahead of me, or how much more I'd get out of "Beyond Good and Evil" the second time I'd read it about 2 years later. I had no idea that I'd end up being so enthralled by his philosophy, and so thoroughly blown away by "On the Genealogy of Morals," which I read the following October, that I'd end up going back to school in the Fall of 2007 for a major in Philosophy and minor in Psychology. And now here I am, all these years later, with a Master's Degree in Continental Philosophy, which I have just recently completed, under my belt. I did my MA's Major Research Project on Nietzsche's exposition of the morality of the New Testament being completely contingent on the lives of the first Christians - that is, the Christians of the first three centuries C.E., as the downtrodden, subjugated, oppressed and underpriveleged of the Roman Empire. I'll be applying for my PhD in December.

Thanks again, Vex. You changed my life for good, for better, and forever. It's been a long time, pal. :) I hope you're doing wonderfully, because you don't deserve any less.

P.S. I'm currently reading "The Satanic Witch." It's marvelous and brilliant.



Re: Beyond Good and Evil

Well thank you very much for your inspiring and meaningful post, Ray, I am very pleased to have encouraged such intellectual pursuits!

Twilight of the Idols has remained my favourite piece for a decade now; I've not read pure philosophy for a while (taken up reading on politics and social psychology, largely). Before that, it was all about Camus!

All I can say is keep it up and I hope you can find ways of finding productive outlets for your zest - although you're now the one with formal qualifications so the tables have turned! It is only a few years ago that I started my first *degree* (in Social Sciences, with OpenUni), squeezing it around both a time-consuming career and new-family life!

Take care,

The Fall of Rome

Hey, you agree with Nietzsche's verdict in The Anti-Christ that Christianity was responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire?

Re: The Fall of Rome

I am unsure; I suspect that the internal politics and other stuff may well have caused its decline without Christianity; I think it made things worse but I don't *really* think it caused the decline. Once the decline had already started is when Christianity really became important ... and hastened the collapse. I think. The fall of the Roman Empire isn't something I know a whole lot about.

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