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Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence

Posted on February 1, 2007 at 10:47 AM

In this work Thus spoke Zarathustra. Zarathustra finds himself on a path up a mountain, a path that ends at a gate marked "This Moment." Two paths come together at this gate, going opposite directions, and neither having an end. Zarathustra ponders this and discusses it with the dwarf who has been riding on his shoulders. Together, Zarathustra and the dwarf work on this problem of the two eternal paths, one of which runs backward, the other forward. And Zarathustra asks about the path running backwards, "Must not whatever can run its course of all things, have already run along that lane? Must not whatever can happen of all things have already happened, resulted, and gone by?" Zarathustra thinks that if everything has already run along this eternal path, then everything has already existed, including the gate at which they stand. It is there that the idea of eternal recurrence is presented.

So, is this allegorical tale, involving life's paths and the universe, really stating a very profound ideology?

If we think about the existence of black holes and the theory that if we could sustain the crushing weight and manage to emerge the other side of the black hole, through the Einstein -Rosen Bridge...would we come out in the past, in the future, or would it be in a parallel world?

To me it just validates my feelings that we have existed before and will continue to for eons to come, as we are energy and energy will go on regardless of what forms we might take!

Could we like Zarathustra stand at the moment of the two pathways, leaning against the gate we have lent on my times before? It's possible.

My thoughts on this are not to try to distill it into a format for believers or sceptics but to take a message from it.

We are all on a path of discovery, we all come to a crossroads that is our moment in time. Its how we deal with ourselves and others during our walk down the path we have trodden on so many times before is what really counts!!

"We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving

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Reply Enlightened One
12:50 PM on February 5, 2007 
Great article!!!! I would like to see more of your work
Reply Kathy Mingo
12:12 PM on February 7, 2007 
Thank you for your comments....with a name such as enlightened one...I think it is you who should be teaching me!!!!!! <br> <br>I am willing to learn and to experience as much of life as I can get me teeth into
Reply Særún Ósk
6:39 AM on February 22, 2007 
Aren't we all just like waves in the sea, sometimes going with the flow, and other times going against the flow. <br>Isn't the question, to be true to yourself, and if you are true to yourself, you can be true to another? <br>And what is time??? is it now, this lifetime, or are we picking up something that we have done in another life? <br>Nice talking to you in the chatroom
Reply Sena Fernando
12:33 AM on September 1, 2014 
This is a very interesting post. I don't think anyone should "believe" in eternal recurrence, but it may be useful to suspend disbelief. It seems to me that many so-called paranormal phenomena (telepathy, precognition) can be explained on the basis of eternal recurrence.

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