Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Rousseau's Noble Savage

As with Nietzsche's Superman, his Ubermensch or Overman, comical ideas are found in comic books:

Lest the feminine feel a little left out, woman can be a noble savage too:

Rousseau finds some nobility in Ape-man, yet Nietzsche replies:
"What is the ape to man? A laughing-stock, a thing of shame. And just the same shall man be to the Superman: a laughing-stock, a thing of shame.

Ye have made your way from the worm to man, and much within you is still worm. Once were ye apes, and even yet man is more of an ape than any of the apes.

Even the wisest among you is only a disharmony and hybrid of plant and phantom. But do I bid you become phantoms or plants?

Lo, I teach you the Superman!"
--Zarathustra, in Thus Spake Zarathustra
by Friedrich Nietzsche, professed prophet of the Anti-Christ

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