Some of us have agreed that life is war, and that in war you either are the victor or the vanquished. Everyone would love to be on the side of victory, either as an individual or as an entire race.
It has also been noted that victory does not come by wishful thinking but by adequate preparedness. Machiavelli stated that in fact in times of peace rather than during war, should we think more about war. Nietzsche has the same proposition as Machiavelli. Nietzsche thinks we can be truly at peace only if we are adequately prepared, otherwise we would only be chattering. He admonished us to talk about peace only in terms of victory, that is after a fight – he is of the opinion that we can only have peace if we approach our daily work as a fight.
“You I advise not to work, but to fight. You I advise not to peace, but to victory. Let your work be a fight, let your peace be a victory!
One can only be silent and sit peacefully when one hath arrow and bow; otherwise one prateth and quarrelleth. Let your peace be a victory!
Ye say it is the good cause which halloweth even war? I say unto you: it is the good war which halloweth every cause.
War and courage have done more great things than charity. Not your sympathy, but your bravery hath hitherto saved the victims.”
Thus Spake Zarathustra
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
We must fight in earnest now more than ever, and never again loose momentum or be caught sleeping. There have been several wake up calls, and it is my hope that we indeed wake, rather fall deeper asleep – it is a choice and it is ours to make!
The Amateur Philosopher