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Saturday, September 13, 2003

Chastity

From Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra: "Chastity"

Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer than into the dreams of a lustful woman?

Perhaps it is strange that a man who apparently died of tertiary syphilis should write at length on on the subject of chastity. No doubt Nietzsche would claim that it was really Zarathustra who spake thus.

And just look at these men: their eye saith it- they know nothing better on earth than to lie with a woman.

Unfortunately this was true because cable television had not been invented during Nietzsche's time. The most common recreational activities during the late 1800's were needlepoint, checkers and whist. You can't talk to someone from Nietsche's time and explain -- coherently -- what Nintendo is.

Actually, the kind of God-is-dead, there-is-no-soul nihilism that leads to thinking that there's nothing better than sex was, ironically, pretty much invented by Nietzsche.

But let us return to the original question: Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer than into the dreams of a lustful woman? The obvious answer is, of course, the former: a murderer will (by definition) kill you, whereas a woman will only make you wish you were dead.

The right answer, on the other hand, is: It depends on the woman.