In response to the anti-intellectual and rather snide comment about Nietzsche above
Making snide comments about Nietzsche need not be anti-intellectual: there are entire compelling intellectual traditions that provide sound, intellectual reasons for regarding Nietzsche with something ranging from skepticism to disgust. The anti-intellectual thing to do would more likely be to accept him as an authority, as he is an often-cited and rarely rarely criticized figure in purely popular literature and entertainment.
Theoden said:Regarding Nietzsche...I think his insight was funny and helpful. I was a history major and when I first ran across it, it made me laugh. He's dead-wrong about most things, but he's one of the most engaging philosophers I've read.
Far be it from me to criticize another man for deriving enjoyment from serious reading. I would just be saddened to see someone feel hopelessly lost out of commitment to a pessimistic world view. The individual observation, while perhaps not indicative of a properly balanced view of the thing, is certainly witty and thought provoking.
hydepark said:be careful for every inheritance comes with the demand
I've yet to encounter anything worth doing that did not carry its own demands.
Theoden said:But, if you are man of prayer, kindly remember me this afternoon
Now, that is something I can do.