Nietzche, koulutus, kulttuuri
Friedrich W. Nietzsche -
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Things the Germans lack
How is it really possible that young men who consecrate their whole lives to the pursuit of intellectual ends, should not feel within them the first instinct of intellectuality, the self-preservative instinct of the intellect - and should drink beer?
For seventeen years I have done little else than expose the de-intellectualising influence of our modern scientific studies. The severe slavery to which every individual nowadays is condemned by the enormous range covered by the sciences, is the chief reason why fuller, richer and profounder natures can find no education or educators that are fit for them.
Educators are needed who are themselves educated, superior and noble intellects, who can prove that they are thus qualified, that they are ripe and mellow products of culture at every moment of their lives, in word and in gesture - not the learned louts who, like “superior wetnurses” are now thrust upon youth of the land by public schools and universities. With but rare exceptions, that which is lacking in Germany is the first prerequisite of education - that is to say, the educators; hence the decline of German culture.
What the higher schools of Germany really do accomplish is this, they brutally train a vast crowd of young men, in the smallest amount of time possible, to become useful and exploitable servants of the state.
Everywhere, too, a hastiness which is unbecoming rules supreme; just as if something would be forfeited if the young man were not “finished” at the age of twenty-three. [-] He has time, he takes time, he cannot possibly think of becoming “finished” - in the matter of higher culture, a man of thirty years is a beginner, a child.
All lack of intellectuality, all vulgarity, arises out of the inability to resist a stimulus.
As to learning how to think - our schools no longer have any notion of such thing. [-] Turn to any German book: you will not find the remotest trace of a realization that there is such thing as a technique, a plan of study, a will to mastery, in the matter of thinking - that thinking insists upon being learnt, just as dancing insists upon being learnt, and that thinking insists upon being learnt as a form of dancing. [-]The German has no fingers for delicate nuances.
For truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen - that one must learn how to write?