This essay was compiled using Nietzsche’s ideas of the history of truth and lies in conjunction with the human mind. In the midst of his crazy word choices and overfilled sentences, his message is quite clear: nothing can be deemed true or false just as it is. We, as a human race, accept things for what they are due to what our ancestors knew and passed down. “… when the same image has been generated millions of times and has been handed down for many generations and finally appears on the same occasion every time for all mankind, then it acquires at last the same meaning for men it would have if it were the sole necessary image and if the relationship of the original nerve stimulus to the generated image were a strictly causal one” (Nietzsche 6). He also states that everything, no matter what it is (a feeling, a tangible item, or even a scientific law), has a different aesthetic meaning to every person. So, essentially, every person defines his or her own universe.
The beginning of this work focuses primarily on the details of truths and lies in the human race. He defines truth as “a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding” (Nietzsche 4). He states very honestly that mankind focuses on the material aspect of life instead of promoting happiness for him or herself. Therefore, many people twist the truth into a fabricated “un-truth” to persevere further into the life they feel they are supposed to live, instead of the life they want to live. He then goes into a rant, so to say, about how reality is actually an illusion or a metaphor of what is “true.” To put it in the simplest terms, things are only true because we say they are. He gives the example of the camel and the mammal. It is true to say that camels are mammals, but we only know they are mammals because we gave the definition of both “mammal” and “camel,”...
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