Monday, 4 July 2016

Thought 256: Privileges of the Mediocre

Nietzsche was keen to point out in his powerful rant entitled The Anti-Christ that the mediocre, and by that I think he meant conventional and uncreative minds, are privileged in the sense of having it a lot easier than those who excel at something, life allegedly becoming harder the higher you get.

This goes contrary to popular wisdom. I would say that being gifted can set one apart from one's contemporaries and having a passion requires a great deal of work and sacrifice, causing often money problems, isolation, difficulties relating to people on the street as well as problems fitting in the employment system - routine jobs such as catering and retail not being by nature designed for the thoughtful and creative.
"I want a nation of workers not thinkers"
 is a famous Rockefeller statement. 

Many starving artists and intellectuals I'm sure would testify to the truth of what I've just said. 

That being said, the gifts of above average imagination and creativity can and do allow for the possibility to immortalise oneself in deed, word and work. But the price for immortality can be high, arguably requiring several deaths in one's lifetime.