FOUNDATIONS

"To the realists - you sober people who feel well armed against passion and fantasies and would like to turn your emptiness into a matter of pride and ornament: You call yourselves realists and hint that the world really is the way it appears to you.

Only as creators! - This has given me the greatest trouble and still does: to realize what things are called is incomparably more important than what they are. The reputation, money, and appearance, the usual measure and weight of a thing, what it counts for ... all this grows from generation unto generation, merely because people believe in it, until it gradually grows to be part of the thing and turns into its very body.

What at first was appearance becomes in the end, almost invariably, the essence and is effective as such. How foolish it would be to suppose that one only needs to point out this origin and this misty shroud of delusion in order to destroy the world that counts for real, so-called 'reality.' We can destroy only as creators. - But let us not forget this either: it is enough to create new names and estimations and probabilities in order to create in the long run new 'things'."


--from Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1887

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