We never even got to Nietzschean happiness yesterday – did he? – when, at a reporter’s request, we flipped our usual process and did reports first. And that was the ballgame, so positively provocative were our reporters’ questions. But it’s ok, Nietzsche recurs.
I wonder: what would Nietzsche say, in reply to the questions that pre-empted him?
- Are you interested in illusory happiness?
- Can you be happy in an unhappy environment?
- Would you allow or regulate genetic engineering intended to make people happier?
I suspect he’d evade the first question, with talk of masks, perspectives, and rhetorical shots at the very concept of “real” happiness as a pleasure-seeking convention of weakness .
To the second, he’d disingenuously boast of his own icy and superior state of flourishing amidst the warm-hearted herd.
To the third, he’d insist – perhaps rightly – that to truly enjoy and appreciate one’s ascent and arrival at the peak, one must have endured the arduous climb. So, no to Happy designer-genes.
And what would Fritz have said about one of the more heated peripheral topics to arise in our free-flowing response to #3, on GMOs? “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger,” maybe?
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