To the question what made life worth living 


Anaxagoras answered

Contemplating the heavens and the total order of the cosmos.

The philosopher Nietzsche says there is no dignity in existence nor in man. That to exist is an expiation.

He says also that only the Greeks could philosophise since only them had culture. 

He asks what does man know about himself?

To the question what is truth, he answers they are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions; worn out metaphors which have become powerless to affect the senses; coins which have their obverse effaced and now are no longer of account as coins but merely as metal.

He writes,  if I make the definition of a mammal and then declare after inspecting a camel, “ behold a mammal,” then no doubt a truth is brought to light thereby, but it is of every limited value and does not contain one single point which is true-in-itself, real and universally valid, apart from man. 

And finally, does the infinite exist?

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

18 thoughts on “To the question what made life worth living 

  1. Hariod Brawn says:

    It does in Cantor’s Paradise.

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  2. shelldigger says:

    I feel like infinite exists in the scale of our universe (for all practical purposes), and in the level of stupid in creationists.

    I liked the Anaxagoras answer if it was in the spirit of astronomy.

    So was Nietzsche Greek then. He seems to do have done a fair amount of philosophising.

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    • makagutu says:

      Nietzsche was German and was very critical of the Germany of his time. Maybe he was born in the wrong neighborhood.
      Anaxagoras was a naturalist, his answer then can be seen in the light of astronomy.
      More needs to be said on infinity.

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  3. These are some big questions, Mak. I don’t agree with Nietzsche’s view that life is an expiation; it’s a very Protestant sentiment. Although he grew up around Lutherans and Catholics, so I can understand why he’d have that view.

    As to whether the infinite exists, I don’t think it much matters. If we can’t get a grasp on the finite, what use is there to comprehend the infinite?

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    • makagutu says:

      Not to defend Nietzsche’s Protestant sentiment, he followed a long tradition of thinkers who saw existence as an expiation through death.
      I think I agree with you on finite and infinite things

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  4. Hard to wrap one’s head around what infinite means or might be as, for me, the finite is pretty friggin’ difficult to navigate as it is. Humans, at least, are finite things. So, if an “infinite” exists, we’re not gonna be around to find out.

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  5. Real real me says:

    Seems like these topics require too much thinking. 😀

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  6. Eric Alagan says:

    So many weighty questions. I would rather the wine and great company, so when He asks, I shall say: “Hic! But I did certainly have a good time.”

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  7. john zande says:

    The Infinite exists only in so far as other dimensions twist this experience into ∞

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