Things changed in appearance when God was represented as a unique and veritable end. Now, some will say the incommensurability of which I speak is simply God’s transcendence. But for me transcendence is avoiding my object. Nothing radically changes when in stead of human satisfaction, we think of the satisfaction of some heavenly being! God’s person displaces the problem and does not abolish it. It simply introduces confusions. When so moved or when circumstances require - in regard to God - being will grant itself an incommensurable essence. By serving God and acting on his behalf we reduce him to ordinary ends that exist in action. If he we’re situated beyond, there would be nothing to be done on his behalf.
Nihilism is…not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one shoulder to the plough; one destroys.
Enigma, positive confusion (delirium), problematic, pain, whatever we want to call it; the torment of the philosophers in any case, is the stimulus to ecstatic creation, to an interminable ‘resolution’ into the enhanced provocations of art. What the philosophers have never understood is this: it is the unintelligibility of the world alone that gives it worth.
Genius is nothing like a character trait, it does not belong to a psychological lexicon; far more appropriate is the language of seismic upheaval, inundation, disease, the onslaught of raw energy from without. One ‘is’ a genius only in the sense that one ‘is’ a syphilitic, in the sense that ‘one’ is violently problematized by a ferocious exteriority. One returns to the subject of which genius has been predicated to find it charred and devastated beyond recognition.