Nietzsche Foresaw the Beta Male

From Thus Spoke Zarathustra:

“We have discovered happiness” — say the Last Men, and they blink.

They have left the regions where it is hard to live; for they need warmth. One still loves one’s neighbor and rubs against him; for one needs warmth.

Turning ill and being distrustful, they consider sinful: they walk warily. He is a fool who still stumbles over stones or men!

A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And much poison at the end for a pleasant death.

One still works, for work is a pastime. But one is careful lest the pastime should hurt one.

One no longer becomes poor or rich; both are too burdensome. Who still wants to rule? Who still wants to obey? Both are too burdensome.

No shepherd, and one herd! Everyone wants the same; everyone is the same: he who feels differently goes voluntarily into the madhouse.

“Formerly all the world was insane,” — say the subtlest of them, and they blink.

They are clever and know all that has happened: so there is no end to their derision. People still quarrel, but are soon reconciled — otherwise it upsets their stomachs.

They have their little pleasures for the day, and their little pleasures for the night, but they have a regard for health.

“We have discovered happiness,” — say the Last Men, and they blink.

  • Kane

    There is nothing new under the sun.

    The wise men of the past knew everything we know about “game” and gender dynamics.

  • samseau

    I could quote passages from Rousseau that match this one almost idea for idea. Funny how much rousseau and nietzche meshed together.

  • Superman

    Just came across Nietzsche’s works after reading Ayn Rand’s books, and he definitely knows what he’s talking about.

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  • Carl Sagan

    anybody got a good recommendation to read if you are new to Nietzsche?

    Maybe a book explaining some of his works and ideas?

    • dangerandplay

      The Viking Portable Nietzsche.

  • Carl Sagan
  • Ben

    Zarathustra is a good book