Monday, 24 May 2010

The Mnemotechnics of Morality

This precisely is the long story of how responsibility originated.The task of breeding an animal with the right to make promises evidently embraces and presupposes as a preparatory task that one first makes men to a certain degree necessary, uniform, like among like, regular and consequently calculable...One can well believe that the answers and methods for solving this premival problem were not precisely gentle; perhaps indeed there was nothing more fearful and uncanny in the whole prehistory of man than his mnemotechnics."If something is to stay in the memory it must be burned in: only that which never ceases to hurt stays in the memory"-this is the main clause of the oldest (unhappily also the most enduring) psychology on earth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

when I think of U, my mind hurts


xtina said...

xtina said...