“Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious.” In a sense, perhaps. Nietzsche discussed the Modern pattern of the Embedded Tribe in society that dominates to this day.
Once, there were hostile tribes scattered across here and there, driving humans to settle the globe by means of their mutual distrust and alienation. Those tribes that most feared and hated The Other were on the vanguard of the Diaspora.
When we settled the globe, 14,000 years ago, we had nowhere else to run. Yet, we could not shed our instinctive xenophobia and mistrust. We became embedded in a network, each little family and tribe forced up against the other, with the politics and mistrust of the tribe now fixed in time and space, nowhere to run.
“As soon as a religion comes to dominate it has as its opponents all those who would have been its first disciples. ” Certainly, as Christianity began with a stark humanism and the new Morality of the Trader, each being on principle equal, it ran into conflict when it came to dominate by the numbers of followers. Rules were quickly formed, so as to demarcate and rank the heterodox from the believers.
All human civilizations, at their end, die in a morass of contempt. During their golden periods, esteem and virtue are the operational methods; when they fail, mutual contempt, mistrust and fear outweigh the cohesive bonds, and they fly apart like unstable nuclei. To be scientific, measure the mutual contempt and mistrust over time, one can see the decline of a society.
The American Civil War was the fruition of a flaw that was present from the start – we will agree to tolerate each other, but for this one particular issue. If one understands the Original Sin that began the United States under the Constitution – the fear of the individual – one can see the progression to the current misery of the Embedded Tribes, up against each other, mistrust within and without.
“No one dies of fatal truths nowadays: there are too many antidotes.” We made a critical breakthrough in the 80’s in ontology – one merely needs to live by one’s own fiction, and ignore the concept of objective reality. This is a position which releases a massive amount of internal tension within a society. It allows each Tribe to have its own reality, without doubt of error. What it says is right, is right. There needs to be no soul-searching when there is no longer a concept of souls. As Nietzsche affirms, “The complete irresponsibility of man for his actions and his nature is the bitterest drop which he who understands must swallow.”
“Against the censurers of brevity. – Something said briefly can be the fruit of much long thought: but the reader who is a novice in this field, and has as yet reflected on it not at all, sees in everything said briefly something embryonic, not without censuring the author for having served him up such immature and unripened fare.” What is delivered up briefly has an inherent humility – that things may be understood, or at least approached, but the sequence of small but robust thought. The one who insists that a work must be swallowed whole, is a conjurer or mystic – an initiation into the elect is required, and then one becomes enlightened. The whole horror of the history of “Scientific Communism” is described in this principle.