on human intellect

Nietzsche writes

There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened. For this intellect has no further mission that would lead beyond human life. It is human, rather, and only its owner and producer gives it such importance, as if the world pivoted around it. But if we could communicate with the mosquito, then we would learn that he floats through the air with the same self-importance, feeling within itself the flying center of the world. There is nothing in nature so
despicable or insignificant that it cannot immediately be blown up like a bag by a slight breath of this power of knowledge; and just as every porter wants an admirer, the proudest human being, the philosopher, thinks that he sees on the eyes of the universe telescopically focused from all sides on his actions and thoughts.

About makagutu

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

15 thoughts on “on human intellect

  1. john zande says:

    It’s a consequence of living.

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  2. shelldigger says:

    I have seen many a person so infatuated with themselves, where they believe they are best thing since the ball bearing mousetrap. They are so smart, so important, so tough, I see them as the dumbest pricks in the room. tRump is a fine example.

    Nietzsche apparently feels the same way of philosophers. I don’t know any professional philosophers personally, but from what I have seen of some of their writings, I believe Nietzsche might be on to something.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    That “the” got away from me, it is still hiding under the desk 😉


  4. Nietzche see’s the human condition that is blind to ego. Perhaps the ego, a normal construct of the psyche’s desire to survive, has gotten completely confused with every living things’ drive to survive? Who can really know any of this with our limited brains? Have a good day.


  5. judyt54 says:

    I think that it must be impossible to judge what drives the salmon, the butterfly, the mosquito, the human, unless you’re in the skin itself of one of them. I’d not call it ego, but basic survival.
    Part of survival (articulated or not) is procreation: from single celled creatures to the complex organisms of men or elephants or mice, reproduction is what drives us all. As humans we like to dress it up with language, but at the bottom, it’s procreation that makes the world go round, no matter how many legs, how many sets of wings, how ever many shells or scales or teeth.

    And I agree, Maka, perspective has a lot to do with which side of the chase you’re involved in.


    • makagutu says:

      Perspective is everything.
      Nietzsche in the same article says we misuse words a lot; sometimes a person calls themselves rich when the right word would be poor


  6. renudepride says:

    We think. Therefore, we are. Hence, we are the center of the universe and everyone in his/her right mind wants to be us and emulate us. Petty nonsense. We live then we die and we are replaced by a newer and better model. Naked hugs!


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