being towards death

radically accepting finitude

The Birth of Tragedy

In The Birth of Tragedy Nietzsche tells the story of the Wise Silenus: 

“THERE is an old story that King Midas had hunted for the Wise Silenus, the companion of Dionysus, for a long time in the Woods without catching him. But when he finally fell into his hands, the King asked: “ What is the very best and the most preferable thing for Man?” The demon remained silent, stubborn, and motionless; until he was finally compelled by the King, and then broke out into shrill laughter, uttering these Words: “ Miserable, ephemeral species, children of chance and of hardship, why do you compel me to tell you what is most profitable for you not to hear? The very best is quite unattainable for you: it is, not to be born, not to exist, to be Nothing. But the next best for you is – to die soon.”

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