|The culmination of Nietzsche’s will-to-power|
The mystery of the shepherding and symbolising life was shattered by a distanced imposing of ‘truth’ as humanity conceives it, from the minds of men, upon the world. This humanism gained credence as it developed into the Cartesian dualism of philosophy, science and art - the outlook of the modern world no less.
Humanism and liberalism go hand in hand in their belligerent and totalitarian attitude towards being, making the modern era the culmination of Nietzsche’s will-to-power, what Kierkegaard would have described as the apotheosis of defiant despair.
The humanist liberal eschews an integration into the world, preaching an apartness, taking the view that the free unfolding of the will, self-determination, is at the heart of what it means to be human. Critique by John Dunn of humanism. This observation of the world from a distance allows the self-determining individual to break things down, measure them, quantify them, work out how to exploit them and, ultimately, calculate their price.
© John Dunn.
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