“To the despisers of the body will I speak” – Nietzsche
YES! THINKING FLESH!
“Body am I, and soul” – thus speaks the child. And why should one not speak like children? But the awakened and knowing say: body am I entirely, and nothing else; and soul is only a word for something about the body. The body is a great reason, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a herd and a shepherd. An instrument of your body is also your little reason, my brother, which you call “spirit”- a little instrument and toy of your great reason. “I,” you say, and are proud of the word. But greater is that in which you do not wish to have faith-your body and its great reason: that does not say “I,” but does “I.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra No 4
Nietzsche regarded the idea of a body-independent soul or spirit as a philosophical, religious and moral-theological error. Accordingly, in a fragment from the summer of 1880, Nietzsche wrote: ‘I have always written my writings with all my body and life: I do not know what “purely spiritual” problems are.’
I had that realization many decades ago – the error that is a ‘purely spiritual ‘ problem. Hence, ‘The Fugitive Stag’ is my whole body … body-soul, soulbody …
Top quote from Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ – the second Dance