Self-Preserve and Will to Power

“Physiologists should think before putting down the instinct of self-preservation as the cardinal instinct of an organic being. A living thing seeks above all to discharge its strength–life itself is will to power; self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent results.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Will: The force to impose it upon the world, this is the driving manifestation of ultimate power. The will to power, to exert influence, to as Nietzsche said “discharge its strength”, to push back on the collapsing canopy of constraining company surrounding us. To make our mark, to impress our heart, our passions, our desires onto things, to project our mind, our imagination, our delusions, our illusions, and fabricate and manufacture a creation resonant with the material of our will, the substance of our soul, the stratum of our spirit, of our life.

“Truth is a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, anthropomorphisms, in short a sum of human relations which have been subjected to poetic and rhetorical intensification, translation and decoration […]; truths are illusions of which we have forgotten that they are illusions, metaphors which have become worn by frequent use and have lost all sensuous vigour […]. Yet we still do not know where the drive to truth comes from, for so far we have only heard about the obligation to be truthful which society imposes in order to exist”

from, “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense”.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Truth is a projection of our will. “We” make truth. We do not find truth. Truth is created, then passed on, in order to reference and appeal to when we need footing to justify our expansion.

“One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. “Good” is no longer good when one’s neighbor mouths it. And how should there be a “common good”! The term contradicts itself: whatever can be common always has little value. In the end it must be as it is and always has been: great things remain for the great, abysses for the profound, nuances and shudders for the refined, and, in brief, all that is rare for the rare.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

All values are human values, fabricated by the minds of men. Morality is an abstraction of power, an arbitrary assessment of position. The powerful define moral virtue.

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