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Read like a cow

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Oh we supposedly moderns, we actually think like insects and should read like cows: “…the requisite art of reading, a thing which today people have been so good at forgetting–and so it will be some time before my writings are readable–you almost need to be a cow for this one thing and certainly not a ‘modern man’: it is rumination…” (Nietzche, On the Genealogy of Modernity, Cambridge UP, 1994, 10).

We don’t only dream of animals, but we are caught in a delirium in which we are only part of them. Flying like insects, reading like cows, thinking like bacteria, we do not really have capacities of our own. Human is a fiction invented by the animals, by the soil, by the non-organic as well.

Categories: cows, insect media, Nietzsche