By Fredrich Nietzsche
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224), to take upon himself the fear and censure of the society in order to promote its growth and development. This exposition of the free spirit occurs in the fifth of the nine sections, and thus at the mid point or peak of its structure, emphasizing the importance of the free spirit as the symbol of the new, positive direction to Nietzsche's thought. The free spirit is essentially the philosopher as Nietzsche sees him, hovering above the human fray, coolly test ing the culture for its truths and errors; for while there is no Truth for Nietzsche-neither in metaphysical, moral, religious, nor aesthetic terms--there are truths, and it is these which the xxxiv INTRODUCTION free spirit will seek out, since to him, as to Descartes, "no honey is sweeter than that of knowledge" (Aph.
Here, too, it is the belief in found truth from which the mightiest sources of strength have flowed. Very belatedly (only now) is it dawning on men that in their belief in language they have propa gated a monstrous error. Fortunately, it is too late to be able to revoke the development of reason, which rests on that belief. g. , on the assumption of the equality of things, the identity of the same thing at different points of time; but this science arose from the opposite belief (that there were indeed such things in the real world).
But even if this all were true and I were accused of it with good reason, what do know, what you could you know about the amount of self-preserving cunning, of reason and higher protection that is contained in such self-deception-and how much falseness I still require so that I may keep permitting myself the luxury of my truthfulness? Enough, I am still alive; and life has not been devised by moral ity: it wants deception, it lives on deception-but wouldn't you know it? " 2 Thus I invented, when I needed them, the "free spirits"5 too, to whom this heavyhearted-stouthearted6 book with the title "Human, All Too Human" is dedicated.