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One plays hard to get; the other is an eternal virgin.
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Seducing Truth

Vorausgesetzt, daß die Wahrheit ein Weib ist—, wie?

As his setup for going Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche asks:  “Supposing that Truth is a woman—what then?”  In his own way, he then observes that, in substantial essence, philosophers are clueless, clumsy, cowardly beta-boys who do not know how to win a woman.

Thereupon, he, as an alpha-philologist, moves in on the philosophers’ turf to get the girl who has rejected them.  With casual contempt, he dismisses all of the luckless wannabes who have been trying and failing to bother her; thus does he demolish three millennia of Western philosophy.  Having gotten Truth alone, he takes her out on a date beyond good and evil.

This wooing of Fräulein Truth follows the course set in Nietzsche’s previous book, Thus Spake Zarathustra:

Courageous, unconcerned, scornful, coercive—so wisdom wisheth us; she is a woman, and ever loveth only a warrior.

That is one of the most famous Nietzsche quotes; but I think it is mostly misunderstood, reduced to a cheap platitude by the brain disease of liberalism.  What does it mean to be “mutig, unbekümmert, spöttisch, gewalttätig”?  I will speak boldly what none dares think, I don’t care what anyone says, I contemn my critics, and I will force my way—I don’t take “no” for an answer!  Some of my detractors in the comments here exemplify how modern society sees this.  Idly contemplating their impotent bile, I pause to wonder:  Can wisdom be had any other way?

Eternally Untouchable Virgin Wisdom

According to my esoteric interpretation of the Greeks, perhaps wisdom cannot be had at all.  She is untouchable.  Athena Parthenos, Athena the Virgin, is, in my opinion, very different from the Christian notion of a virgin goddess (or quasi-goddess, as the Virgin Mary).

Classicists may scream Gewalt![1]German Gewalt—here, echoing the above “gewalttätig”—as distinct from the word’s bastardization as Yiddish gevalt.  My musing on these words will be a subject of future Proems. at my coercion of the exoteric canon, but I will be “unbekümmert”.  I see Athena as that hot girl with a cold attitude, whom you never dared to approach when you were a teenager.  She shoots men down in flames with an icy glance.  In this case, she truly is too good for you—and for everyone else:  An aristocrat of her sex, who stands apart even from her divine peers.  She is the archetype of the fate that oft[2]Either that, or the opposite extreme.  I have another theory about this; but I hereby omit it, lest I be accused of sockpuppetry. befalls extremely smart women, who face the choice between loneliness and “settling”.  A woman needs a man who can exceed her; for the Goddess of Wisdom, there is none, even amongst the gods.

Although Sex loves War, virgin Wisdom may only be known through War.  Wherefore Athena Parthenos is also Pallas.

Wisdom personified:  She is untouchable and unapproachable.  Have not the hubris to presume that you may ever know her intimately. ®


[1] German Gewalt—here, echoing the above “gewalttätig”—as distinct from the word’s bastardization as Yiddish gevalt.  My musing on these words will be a subject of future Proems.

[2] Either that, or the opposite extreme.  I have another theory about this; but I hereby omit it, lest I be accused of sockpuppetry.

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  1. Svevlad says:

    And if we were to look into the Athena thing even further, we get interesting results…

    You must be familiar with the concept of the “folk wisdom” or more accurately, “peasant wisdom.” The tendency of the commoner fool to say things wiser than the most educated scholar. A sort of barbaric inversion to everything civilization stands for…

    Spengler postulates that a civilization is merely the decline and dying phase of a culture. The Greeks, for all their sophistication, still had that old, “barbaric” streak of power.

    Perhaps the Athena is untouchable because she is meant to be conquered and subdued, Caucasian-Central Asian bride kidnapping style? The biggest barbarian and brute is the most wisest in the end, and is he not? Violence is nature’s language, after all.

  2. EH says: • Website

    Nietzsche’s quote, I always thought, was asking: “what if truth is not constant, but changing, fickle?” One of his more insightful observations, if so. Nietzsche added but little to Stirner, in my opinion, aside from raving and megalomania. Not that Stirner is much less tedious than other German “philosophers”, but he is at least tedious at far less length, and a much clearer thinker than Kant (though that’s no distinction.)

    You are quite right that Athena is untouchable, but a cursory reading of the Odyssey will show she is not unfriendly.

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