Sunday, January 30, 2011
Power and Kindness
Nietzsche seems to have thought that genuine kindness is only possible for those who are powerful. He writes:
"Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws."
Nietzsche also implores the powerful to be kind. He writes:
"And there is nobody from whom I want beauty as much as from you who are powerful: let your kindness be your final self-conquest."
"Of all evil I deem you capable: therefore I want the good from you."
Is Nietzsche right to think that this relationship exists between power and kindness?
I certainly think that an act of kindness is more beautiful, more awe inspiring ( and tear-inducing) when performed by one who is strong, powerful and capable of real cruelty. Why should we praise an act of kindness performed by a person who could have done no other?
So, I ask, are you capable of genuine kindness?
Posted by Brandon Hogan at 5:38 PM