Nietzsche wrote that culture is justified by works of art and scientific achievements, and he wrote that culture could senslessly annihilate itself if the masses with their mediocrity got the upper-hand. He also wrote that the eradication en masse of the people for the sake of preserving this high culture was a step towards progress.
Those are quite shocking views.
But what are your views on this?
Nietzsche on High Culture and Progress. Watch
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Last edited by Martyn*; 03-04-2011 at 16:51.
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I admire his dedication to the cause of quality, at least.
My reading isn't as broad as I'd like (mostly TSZ, with some BGE & TI), but I don't think he meant a literal killing of the slack burden of mediocrity as against those in society who were scientifically and culturally productive. The puts all the classes in one era, whereas his philosophy seems to have been closer to eternity.
His parable of the camel, the lion, and the infant seems to be a good example of the sort of 'overcoming' that Nietzsche envisaged.