Friday, October 5, 2012

Professional COMM 10/5: Nietzsche on love and madness

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
To me this statement is right on… it always feels insane when you really notice yourself in love, but there is something present in your mind that tells you not only that you should do it- but that you MUST. Once you have taken the ‘leap of love’, all of the little moments that fill it up are constant exchanges between irrational feeling and rational planning. I have always thought that if you can figure out how to stretch your irrational joy by planning its use out carefully… then you will have a lasting love. As far as the idea that there is reason in madness… I feel that Nietzsche is trying to hint at the idea that there is nothing in the human psyche that is completely isolated. There is some reason in madness because there is a process that leads to it, a trigger that sets it off, a tiny whisper of perfect logic releasing cascades of denial and incomprehension.

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