I found how the world had been misled by prostitute writers, to ascribe the greatest exploits in war to cowards, the wisest counsel to fools, sincerity to atheists, chastity to sodomites, truth to informers. How many innocent and excellent persons had been condemned to death or banishment, by the practising of great ministers upon the corruption of judges, and the malice of factions.
How many villains had been exalted to the highest places of trust, power, dignity, and profit: how great a share in the motions and events of courts, councils, and senates might be challenged by bawds, whores, pimps, parasites, and buffoons… Jonathan Swift “Gulliver’s Travels”(213) Like Jonathan Swift in “Gulliver’s Travels”, Friedrich Nietzsche tirades against the backwardness of conventional morality in his essay Morality as Anti-Nature. Nietzsche alludes to a fate not fit for the weak-minded. Nietzsche urges all those partial to his views to reassess the motivation behind their behaviors and habits, and unchain their latent and catechized souls. Nietzsche accuses man’s organizations and institutions of fabricating wills to be instilled into weak-minded commoners for means of control and punishment.
Since Nietzsche never provides a solution for the predicament he places before us, one may assume Nietzsche’s aims are to bring balance and perspective to a largely already indoctrinated audience. Judging by Nietzsche’s commanding tone he is not the docile or domesticated type; Nietzsche not only wants to be invulnerable from institutional or organizational manipulation, he wants to share his new-found jubilee with others. But like most prestigious clubs, societies, or schools only a select few have the means and the wits to harness the value within Nietzsche’s teachings.
Morality as Anti-Nature raises the underlying feature: we are slaves of our own conventional Genther 2 wisdom and morality. This is especially true for the majority of people that fall into the category of average-thinkers. Due to their average characteristics, this demogroup is more vulnerable to manipulation and coercion than its proceeding and succeeding demogroups. Nietzsche criticizes the average-thinker as “weak-willed” because he or she lacks the necessary control over his or her own life. In other words, he or she does not have a will completely of his or her own and therefore does not think or act completely on his or her own either.
By allowing oneself to passively be influenced and controlled entertains the notion of being reduced to mere puppets for larger agendas of the elitist communities, which in return may become ideological threats to surrounding people. Like a virus, one infected soul may domino into afflicting many others. If alive today, Nietzsche would see the same viruses leeching onto our communities. This ploy has been executed so expertly few people know the viruses exist. Today, much like Nietzsche’s day, fortified lines of believers and followers and abusive laws cloak the viruses’ ill intentions.
These viruses, similar to the Greek Gods of ancient times, are nevertheless powerless without believers, prayers, and worshipers, which is why these viruses are scared to death their believer-base may abandon them. This explains why these viruses have historically instigated wars and condemn, banish, and assassinate non-conformists, immoralists and idealists that pose a threat to the intricate agendas of viruses. Viruses thereby work to discourage, warn, slander, and condemn all future threats. Most times dissenters will make up the idealists or independent thinkers within a society.
Today, as well as historically, dissenters are revered by some scholarly and intellectual groups. These sacred pockets of society thrive off the ignorance, insolence and greed of their worldly counterparts, and to an extent need their counterparts to grow themselves. The goal for, as Nietzsche classifies himself and others, immoralists takes shape: escape the indoctrination of conventional wisdom and morality, and, to much repeated disappointment, serve greater mankind by standing up for and protecting it. Ironically, an immoralist’s job is simultaneously revered, awed, frightened, and hated by mainstream-mankind.
This Genther 3 paradoxical anomaly is made possible by the viruses that afflict and adulterate our communities. The job of an immoralist is without a doubt no easy task to fulfill. While today it is not feasible to create a largely Nihilistic societal world that would allow us all freer, more ample space to think and grow, the continuation of intellectual defiance through assertive declaration, as well as upholding dubious beliefs contrary to popular beliefs are all imperative so that the few determined, courageous, and compassionate guardian-like immoralists may rise above all others to make their voices heard.
Let it be known, “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him”(Jonathan Swift). When the preparatory work and burden in addition to the responsibility of immoralists is summed up, it is only natural the enlightening rhetoric of Morality as Anti-Nature is fit for the ears of a select few to personalize in order to benefit themselves and others.