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AlloBaber
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Romantic Philosophy: Nietzsche's Yes

Hi Love Bugs! ~

I came across the COOLEST idea the other day, and I wanted to share it with y'all. You might not know this about me, because I hide it pretty well, but I'm kind of a philosophy nerd. I like to read literary theory in my spare time.
I know, I know. I'm the biggest nerd on the planet. I've been reading mostly Roland Barthes at the moment. Being Miss Ultimate Romantic, I just started his book A Lover's Discourse. Barthes mentions at some point the Nietzschean affirmation – and having no idea what this is, I turned to Wikipedia to investigate.

And OMG it's the coolest thing ever!!!

Check out the Nietzsche quote below:
"If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not only ourselves but all existence. For nothing is self-sufficient, neither in us ourselves nor in things; and if our soul has trembled with happiness and sounded like a harp string just once, all eternity was needed to produce this one event—and in this single moment of affirmation all eternity was called good, redeemed, justified, and affirmed."
— Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Will to Power (Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale translators). New York: Random House, 1967. pages 532–533
It means that every moment of our lives was created by every other moment in the history of time. If you experience a moment of pure happiness, a blissful moment of looking deep into your loved one's eyes where the rest of the world falls away... then you can be sure that every single moment of your life was leading up to that moment. Think of the number of sheer coincidences that had to transpire for that one moment to become a reality. It's crazy! Thinking about stuff like that makes me realize just how grateful I should be for every happy, romantic moment in my life.
I hope it inspires you to be grateful today too :)
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I absolutely love Nietzsche. He has a reputation of being really harsh, but he's got some really great stuff on life and love.