James Hetfield as Nietzschean Yes-Sayer

Nietzsche, in the Gay Science 276, writes:

I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.

Here is James Hetfield sublimely bringing to life this Nietzschean passage, with the production help of Kevin Conklin who has spliced together numerous Metallica songs:

Your Yes-Sayings?

“The History of Philosophy” and “Philosophy and Suicide”
Lykke Li’s “Gunshot”
Just Why Is The Abyss Gazing At You?
Captain Picard Sings “Let it Snow”
About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://gravatar.com/insanityranch insanityranch

    As it happens, I just came across this dhamma talk by Jiryu Mark Rutschman Byler on “Absolute Refuge”. ( http://www.sfzc.org/zc/display.asp?catid=1,10&pageid=3668) In it, he discusses a sect in early C.E. China whose members “took refuge” (that is, accepted as the stable ground of being) not only the historical Buddha, but all the Buddhas, good and evil; not only the teachings of the historical Buddha, but all the teachings in the world, good and evil; not only the fourfold sangha of Buddhist faithful, but the community of all beings, good and evil. They did so because what is present for us, here and now, is the only reliable refuge, and we are most often in the presence of what is ordinary, unexalted, and corrupt. Perhaps this is in the same spirit as Nietsche’s aphorism.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

    You could not have done more to turn me away from Nietsche than to associate him in my head with Metallica. ;)

  • http://blog.arichneuraltapestry.com BubbaRich

    I know you want agreements, but I can’t agree with Nietzsche on this one; disagreement, antagonistic consideration of ideas, is critical to valid development of ideas in a single human, and in human society. Many people can do a simple version of this themselves, which can help speed things up a great deal, but doesn’t substitute for interpersonal disagreement. And, I suspect, this internal dialogue would also be against the spirit of what Nietzsche says.

    Nietzsche is great for a bon mot, (or even a gutes Wort), though.

  • baal

    My, what an eccentric performance.