Friday, 10 February 2012

How should a genius behave?


This seems to me the big question for Goethe and the major German writers which followed him.

For instance, Nietzsche and Thomas Mann (in his essays, and implicitly in some of the novels) seem to be focused on the matter of 'how should a genius (such as myself) behave?'

That, of course, all of these were indeed real geniuses only makes matters worse!

Germany was the most intellectually advanced of the Western nations. Its culture exemplified at the highest level that early modern phenomenon of unchecked pride; pride inverted to become a virtue

- in which the genius consecrated his talents, not to God (as Bach had done), but to his own autonomous and self-worshiping genius.