Stephen Hicks: Nietzsche Perfectly Forecasts the Postmodernist Left

The recent postmodern deconstruction and subversion of the Star Wars franchise on the big screen (in the Last Jedi) is an example of this pattern, and when watching the last two movies in the series, it all makes sense in context of them shitting on the original heroes to make them look bad, and to wish psychological distress on those who loved their hero’s legacy.

“Master morality for Nietzsche is the morality of the vigorous, life loving, strong; it’s the morality for those who love adventure, delight in creativity, and their own sense of purposefulness and assertiveness. Slave morality is the morality of the weak, the humble, those who feel week, the victimized—afraid to venture out into the big bad world. Weaklings are the chronically passive, largely because they are afraid of the strong; as a result, the weak feel frustrated—they can’t get what they want out of life. They become envious of the strong, and they also secretly start to hate themselves for being so cowardly and weak.

But no one can live thinking that he or she is deeply hateful, and so the weak begin to develop a rationalization, a rationalization that tells them that they are the good and the moral, because they are the weak, humble, passive. Patience is a virtue. Obedience is a virtue; they can’t do their own will, they have to obey, so “make it a virtue”. Humility, as being on the side of the weak and the downtrodden, people just like you. And so of course the opposites of those things must be the evil; aggressiveness, pride, independence, being physically and materially successful.  Sound familiar? Sure. But of course Nietzsche says it’s a rationalization, and a smart weakling is never quite going to convince himself of it, and that will do damage inside. Meanwhile, the strong will be laughing at him, and that will do damage inside. The strong and rich will carry on getting stronger and richer, and enjoying life, and seeing that, will do more damage inside.

Eventually, the smart weakling will feel such a combination of self-loathing and envy of his enemies that he will need to lash out; he will feel the urge to hurt in any way he can his hated enemy. But of course he can’t risk direct physical confrontation, he’s a weakling; his only weapons are words. […] hate as a chronic condition leads to the urge to destroy. But again, your only weapons are words, how can you use words to destroy? I think the whole idea of deconstruction comes out of this. Postmodernism is populated by large numbers of people who like the idea of deconstructing other people’s work; it’s the opposite of constructing something of your own.”

~Stephen Hicks, “Stephen Hicks: Nietzsche Perfectly Forecasts the Postmodernist Left”

 

 

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