Past, Future, Present.With a clatter, the tankards hit the table for the doz enth time that evening and for Garrett Hawke, the last. It was the first time all of Hawkes friends had gathered together since before he had entered the blasted deep roads. An entire two months he had spent down there with Varric, Fenris and Bethany.
Varric had been watching him all evening, looking for some form of sadness in him, Garrett suspected. It may have had something to do with the fact that it had already been a week since there return and since
And he was yet to understand when his grieving was too begin.
"Not for me my hairy friend, I think I'm to head home for the evening."
As he got up from the table he wobbled slightly. Steadying himself on the nearby wall, he began to walk out of the hanged man and start his journey back to the hovel he called home. Yet home was not where he had found himself a hour later. There he sat, alone, on a rock just outside Kirkwall.
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Friedrich Nietzsche and Epicurus
Friedrich Nietzsche had two theories that he believed would answer the philosopher’s quest of morality. These theories separate society into two groups by dividing those who he considered to be aristocrats and the common people. To Nietzsche, all people have an innate drive for power. However, not everyone is capable of attaining it. Therefore, only those who have the ability to achieve this power are considered aristocrats or masters and those who cannon are slaves.
Nietzsche’s master-morality is essentially another take on egoism. Aristocrats or masters assert their power because whatever is considered good for the master is good. The masters use the slaves, or common people; in order to achieve their goal and Nietzsche believes that this will lead to progress and the eventual betterment of society.
On the other side, slave-morality is considered to be the herd’s beliefs. It is based on the ideas of empathy, charity or the common good. Since Nietzsche believes in an innate ‘will to power’, those he considers to be the slaves will do what they can to get power. However, the only way for slaves to do this is to lessen the masters’ power, which would equalize the power structure of society. It is this balance of power that Nietzsche believes will be the detriment to society, leading to complacency and an eventual dying out.
Nietzsche uses the institutions of democracy and religion to further his point. To Nietzsche both religion and democracy are tools of spreading slave morality. Democracy is based on society. The Constitution even begins with “We the people”. The concepts of voting and consideration of the herd will never lead to progress in Nietzsche’s ideals, and therefore will be the downfall of society. Religion is the same to Nietzsche. Their teachings instruct the masses the concepts of charity, empathy, and to turn the other cheek. It is this meek mentality that creates the divide between the masses and inspires the herd to bring down the masters. Even the idea of God threatens Nietzsche’s theories. If there is a being that exists to control the path of civilization, then there is no need for masters.
Even though we may not call these ideas the same thing, Friedrich Nietzsche’s theories are still relevant today. Instead we may call them leaders and followers or perhaps drivers and passengers, but we still believe that there are people who have power or influence that control the destiny of society and those that support them.
Epicurus proposes a different idea. As opposed to Nietzsche’s ‘will to power’, Epicurus believes that human beings strive for a state of calmness or, ataraxia. As Epicurus says, it is the “freedom from trouble in the mind and pain in the body.” That it is the ‘passive pleasures’ that create a good or happy life. According to Epicurus, to have a healthy state of mind and body it is best to keep desires to a minimum and avoid situations that would promote pain or stress, such as politics or religion. To Epicurus, the gods are at a different level from humanity and are not concerned with ‘our’ actions so to him, religion and the fear of the gods or death is an unnecessary stress. However these ideals, as pleasant as they seem, are not practical. Stress or pain in modern day society is unavoidable whether projected through social media or human encounters; we would have to create a isolationist society or sheltered lifestyle in order to achieve such a goal.
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