Monday, August 10, 2009
Nature. Un-nature. Is nature instinct? "In our own wild nature we find the best recreation from our un-nature, from our spirituality," according to Nietzsche. A maxim, indeed of Nietzsche, but what is he saying? The quotation is tantalizing for those of us who like to operate on philology or syntax for meaning. So I shall begin: wild nature. Nature, in itself, is already wild. So why is it necessary to add the adjective, "wild"? For emphasis, of course. What about "recreation"? Instantly, one thinks of activity. However, the word means to create again. Keep creating: recreate (verb); recreation (noun). If nature is already wild, what is un-nature? Not wild? Is it quiet? Perhaps, un-nature is synonymous with spirituality. What was Nietzsche's attempt in this quotation? I suggest that Nietzsche's is provoking his audience to a critical reasoning about the nature of the universe. Is it that in our own natural wildness, after shedding our superficial skin, when we stand naked in front of the wilderness, that we find it possible to create again and again from our most pure state of being? Is it then that we define our spirituality in unison with our God?