Chapter 29: Nietzsche: A Great Freedom or a Great Danger
What I have been telling you is something which cannot be misused in any way by you.
And witnessing is a purely individual phenomenon.
You have said that you are the beginning, that the beginning is mysterious, and that it may take thousands of years to prove what has been born.
Please talk to us about the possibilities of humanity at this closing of an old cycle and the beginning of a new.
The beginning is naturally mysterious because you can only see a seed changing into a sprout, but you cannot see what is going to happen later on - that the sprout is going to become a big tree with great foliage, thousands of flowers, fruits. That is still in the future.
You can only remember later on that the beginning was just two small leaves, a sprout, and now you see a big, huge tree. There are trees which can live five thousand years, but in the beginning you cannot see all those possibilities. It is always retrospectively that things are understood.
The old man has a few characteristics which will be disappearing from the New Man.
The old man was attached to the crowd, different kinds of crowds - religious crowds, political crowds - and he wanted to be attached to more crowds. He created Rotary Clubs, Lion’s Clubs, just to be part of as many crowds as possible, because alone he was nothing. The more crowds he belonged to, the more he felt he was.
Belonging to crowds was one of the basic characteristics of the old man. The New Man will have just the opposite characteristic: he will be alone.
He will not like to belong to crowds - the family, the society, the church, the state, the nation, the race. He will hate to belong to any crowd; he will like to be just himself, alone. Because he will have a being, he need not collect a false being from crowds.
The old man was always past-oriented. His heroes were always of the past: his saints were always of the past, his holy books were always of the past - the more ancient, the more valuable. The old man lived through the dead.
The New Man will not look backwards; he will look forwards, he will be able to encounter the vast emptiness of the future.
The old man was very afraid to look forwards because there is simply emptiness, nothingness; everything is in the past. The old man was very historically-minded.