Wir und unsere Partner nutzen Cookies und ähnliche Technik, um Daten auf Ihrem Gerät zu speichern und/oder darauf zuzugreifen, für folgende Zwecke: um personalisierte Werbung und Inhalte zu zeigen, zur Messung von Anzeigen und Inhalten, um mehr über die Zielgruppe zu erfahren sowie für die Entwicklung von Produkten. Philosophers have sought firm ground for over 2500 years. It dawned on me that the only way to prevent the dangers of staring into the abyss is to jump into it. } catch(e) {}. "He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster. Staring into the abyss has the same effect as eating the red pill because you might find an uncomfortable truth that forever changes the way you view the world. Who they’re really quoting is trade unionist Nicholas Klein who said the following in 1918: “And, my friends, in this story you have a history of this entire movement. Be curious. Learn about us. As stepped forward and experienced weightlessness, the fear quickly fell away, and I was in a state of blissful awareness. Switch to the light mode that's kinder on your eyes at day time. Jumping into the abyss and accepting there will be no firm ground removes the fear of falling to your philosophical death. Beyond the likely intended meaning, this phrase has also taken on an implication of considering something that’s likely to change your mindset. “The minority is always in the right. (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil Aphorism 146) #+end/quote Like in most of Nietzsche's books, he doesn't explain this aphorism and leaves it up to the reader to interpret its meaning. As Nietzsche himself put it, “there are no facts, only interpretations.”. “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”. It could also imply a very severe kind of focus, rather than a casual glance. Submit your writing to be published on Thought Catalog. Understandably, Twain makes it more palatable. 13. These ideas led to such cheerful phrases in Nietzsche’s writings as “God is dead” and “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”. For instance, you might hear someone say “don’t stare too long into that abyss.” This person likely means, “don’t think about that too long or you might regret it.”, “I stared into the abyss for a while, full of melancholy. _g1.setAttribute('srcset', _g1.getAttribute('data-srcset')); The Phrase “stare into the abyss” Demystified. As this aphorism appears in Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, perhaps we should not take his warning literally but go beyond it. There is nothing permanent except change. “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”. try { The eternal state of free fall is a state of blissful weightlessness. I cannot remember what our conclusion was on that night, but these words have haunted me ever since. The literal meaning of this phrase, then, is to stare into endless darkness. Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. Although he’s often assumed to be anti-Semitic because of the obsession with his idea of the “übermensch” (superior man), he was actually a vocal critic of anti-Semitism. Unfortunately, this moment of bliss only lasted for a couple of seconds as the rubber band stretched and snapped me back to reality. Everyone fights for something. Descartes’ thought experiment in his Meditations on First Philosophy is a perfect example of somebody jumping into the abyss to find firm ground (what he calls the first philosophy). Also attributed to Twain but probably originally written by Swedish Christian Existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard. A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. Attributed to Gandhi however there’s no evidence he ever spoke or wrote these words. In 1996 I moved from the philosophical to the physical and tried some bungee jumping in Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Understandably, Twain makes it more palatable. With great knowledge comes great responsibility and Nietzsche warned us of the perils of such knowledge. _g1.classList.remove('lazyload'); However, Descartes did not succeed in planting his feet firmly on the bottom and should have been content with simply floating in the water. Why is staring into the abyss dangerous? Instead, we should go beyond staring and bravely leap into the boundless chasm and practice philosophical base jumping. Attributed to MLK as well and while he did speak these words in speeches he didn’t make them up. The first part of this aphorism immediately makes the meaning of the second part clearer. Philosophers explore the world of humans, but to do so, they place themselves outside it. To gain a real understanding of Nietzsche’s thought, you would probably need to take several university-level courses into modern philosophy. Digressions aside, to really tease out Nietzsche’s meaning of “stare into the abyss” we need to look at the original use of the phrase. "If you gaze for long into an abyss,the abyss gazes alson into you.--- Mark Twain something like that The first record of these words being spoken were when Canadian Parlimentarian George Perry Graham was arguing against capital punishment in 1914. } catch(e) {}. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Although Nietzsche’s philosophy seems pretty depressing, he comes through these dark places to end with the idea of an “affirmation of life,” where for a human being to affirm or hold up themselves carries more meaning precisely because of the general lack of meaning the universe has by default. Get your answers by asking now. This one is literally included in a book entitled “What Mark Twain Didn’t Say”. Staring is the act of looking for a long time. His leap took great philosophical courage as it requires him to doubt everything he thinks he knows. They’re from the Bible, specifically Amos 5:24 in the Old Testament. “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. To fully understand what is on offer you will have to enter the store. Maybe we should—just like Eve did eat the apple, just like Prometheus steal the fire and just like Neo, swallow the red pill. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. The majority is always in the wrong.”. Sign up for the Thought Catalog Weekly and get the best stories from the week to your inbox every Friday. Endlessly seeking out the truth in an “abyss” can lead you to unpleasant truths, after all. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”. Perhaps Nietzsche places a warning sign for those who venture to the edges of philosophical reasoning. Philosophy might seem an innocuous activity without real consequences, but being a philosopher has some pretty high occupational health and safety risks. Probably not. I know from experience that intensely studying philosophy can detach you from common-sense. “Justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee." "if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you" Basically when man, in all his Manifest Destiny, looks out at the wilderness with the feeling that he must conquer it he should also realize that every bear and mountain lion is looking back at him as their next meal This quote has seen some changes over the years and now sometimes appears as…, “The world has enough for everyone’s need The full quote as you may seen it is this: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”. The Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama, it seems, didn’t get the memo. Daten über Ihr Gerät und Ihre Internetverbindung, darunter Ihre IP-Adresse, Such- und Browsingaktivität bei Ihrer Nutzung der Websites und Apps von Verizon Media. "… who falls into the abyss becomes an aviator—free and floating." To enhance our understanding of the world we need to go beyond gazing into the abyss. Advanced knowledge dissolves our innocence and dislodges us from a presumed state of ignorant bliss. Nietzsche was a victim of his success as he philosophised himself into madness. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.”. Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher active in the late 1800s. #+end/quote. Learn more about working with Thought Catalog. Dies geschieht in Ihren Datenschutzeinstellungen. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”, Attributed to Mahatma “the man” Gandhi, Gandhi himself never said this at all. Inspiration is great, we all want to be inspired, but there’s a cottage industry out there preying on the hopeful.