|Morality is full of it.
||[Dec. 3rd, 2005|09:49 pm]
"It is nothing more than a moral prejudice that truth is worth more than semblance; it is, in fact, the worst proved supposition in the world. So much must be conceded: there could have been no life at all except upon the basis of perspective estimates and semblances; and if, with the virtuous enthusiasm and stupidity of many philosophers, one wished to do away altogether with the "seeming world"--well, granted that YOU could do that,--at least nothing of your "truth" would thereby remain!" (Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, pg. 26)|
I'll try to break it down a little so you guys understand. o_o;
Moral prejudice - Morality is prejudiced, due to the fact that, morality itself, is based upon how society has defined it over time. We have no way of telling what is really good or bad, in terms of morality, because it is, in fact, society that fabricated that idea into people's minds. Beyond society's definition of morality is something more.
Semblance - the outward appearance of something; representation
Truth - purest form; below the surface of semblance
Nietzsche is saying that it is a moral prejudice that truth, is worth more than it's outward appearance to society. We as a society, live and base our lives on the semblance of that truth. This means that we define as we see. We cannot grasp beyond that outward appearance because it does not exist in the first place. Society thinks that they are defining "truth", when in actuality, society is only defining what is the semblance or the outside appearance of that "truth". Since we are living in a world based upon semblance, without that semblance, we have nothing to live with.
"...one wished to do away altogether with the "seeming world"--well, granted that YOU could do that,--at least nothing of your "truth" would thereby remain!"
Setting yourself away from that "seeming world", is possible, but since "truth" does not exist in the first place, then you'll have "no truth that would remain."