Daily Archives: Saturday, March 24th, 2012

X Marks the Spot: Train Bridge in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, Japan

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Roadside Shrine in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, Japan

I found a lot of very humble “roadside chapel”-like shrines dotting the countryside towns of Japan. I had always thought of Japan as a very non-religious country, and I am aware that much of the religious activity that takes place … Continue reading

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Yakushi Shrine in Kawagoe, Japan

This little shrine in the old city in Kawagoe intrigued me a great deal. An accompanying sign indicated the presence of a “buddha” in the temple, but the gate to the side (see below) appears to be a Shinto gate. … Continue reading

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Stone Statue with Red Hat

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Final Thoughts on Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”

Thus Spoke Zarathustra has taken me far longer to read than any other book. Even the entire Bible–not a single work to be sure, though often bound as one volume–I got through in nine months–the same length of time it … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: Part 4 “Ass Worship”

The fourth part of Thus Spoke Zarathustra was originally intended by Nietzsche to be published separately. In some ways, the fourth part reads like an appendix to a book, or even like a sequel, rather than like an integral part … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: Part 3: “On Old and New Tablets”

“On Old and New Tablets”–this is a long section subdivided into many short subsections. “Here I sit and wait, old broken tablets around me, and also new ones only partially written upon.” These words in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra speak … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: Part 3: “On Apostates” and “On the Spirit of Gravity”

“On Apostates”: This section contains a fascinating little anecdote. Zarathustra reveals a very funny exchange between two night watchmen in which one doubts the existence and character of God. A fascinating little observation closes the piece. Zarathustra sees in monotheism … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: Part 3: “On the Virtue that Makes Small”

“On the Virtue that Makes Small”: The opening words of this speech would echoe ever after, even in Nietsche’s intellectual descendant Christopher Hitchens (though the latter would probably have denied it): “I walk among these people and keep my eyes … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: Part 3: The Earlier Parts

Part 3 of Nietzsche’s work “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” begins with a longer narrative section, and indeed, the third part of the work features more narrative in proportion to speeches than the second. The third section opens with “The Wanderer,” an … Continue reading

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