Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Mental Snack (47)



Share your thoughts...

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

What does this quote mean to you? Who or what are the monsters that you fight? What's the abyss that you stare into and that you might also become? 

5 comments:

Julie Geistfeld said...

Ahh, another good question to think about.
Well, if you write vampires or the likes then you can take the first half of the quote quite literally…
But assuming he wasn’t referring to the undead… you can be fighting for all the right reasons and get so wrapped up in winning that you lose your ethics somewhere amidst the fighting. Fighting for the right cause in an unethical way is becoming as bad as the unethical cause you fight against.
Oh, and the abyss, well… I have a little story for you which that reminds me of…
Once, when I was much younger, I looked hard into the eyes in the mirror. I don’t know what I was looking for or thought I might see. They say that the eyes are the mirror to the soul, perhaps I wanted to see if mine was still there? I stared deep and opened them wide. Then I saw it! It wasn’t me in there, it was them. I was just the ghost of their love, walking this world of unrest, unable to move on and rejoin the spirit, unable to move back and rejoin the body. Somewhere in-between there was me. I stumbled back in horror and a gasp, like a silent scream, escaped my lips. I have never again looked at my reflection more than necessary. I get ready each day, seeing only the outline of me. I see that I’m presentable, then turn away, always careful not to look too long or too deep. Afraid of what I know I’ll see there. That ghost.

Rafi said...

This always reminds me of Lelouch from Code Geass.

M. said...

Gaze at the abyss but have your heart full of the Sun..

Debrah Riddleton said...

Dear Vatche:
I have studied about Nietzsche. His philosphy is amazing, deep and move us to view inside of us. However, I write about another kind of abyss, by example, the deep hole between the praxis of rational conscience and the human impulse in society.
I am reading your posts with high attention. Always we learn something.
Warm greetings:
Debrah

Terresa said...

Great question, the monster I fight the most is myself.

Post a Comment