The Three Metamorphoses
Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.
Many heavy things are there for the spirit, the strong load-bearing spirit in which reverence dwelleth: for the heavy and the heaviest longeth its strength.
What is heavy? So asketh the load-bearing spirit; then kneeleth it down like the camel, and wanteth to be well laden.
What is the heaviest thing, ye heroes, asketh the load-bearing spirit, that I may take it upon me and rejoice in my strength?
Is it not this: to humiliate oneself in order to mortify ones pride? To exhibit ones folly in order to mock at ones wisdom?
Or is it this: to desert our cause when it celebrateth its triumph? To ascend high mountains to tempt the tempter?
Or is it this: to feed on the acorns and grass of knowledge, and for the sake of truth to suffer hunger of soul?
Or is it this: to be sick and dismiss comforters, and make friends of the deaf, who never hear thy requests?
Or is it this: to go into foul water when it is the water of truth, and not disclaim cold frogs and hot toads?
Or is it this: to love those who despise us, and give ones hand to the phantom when it is going to frighten us?
All these heaviest things the load-bearing spirit taketh upon itself; and like the camel, which when laden hasteneth into the wilderness, so hasteneth the spirit into its wilderness.
But in the loneliest wilderness happeneth the second metamorphosis: here the spirit becometh a lion; freedom will it capture, and lordship in its own wilderness.
Its last Lord it here seeketh: hostile will it be to him, and to its last God; for victory will it struggle with the great dragon.
What is the great dragon which the spirit is no longer inclined to call Lord and God? Thou-shalt is the great dragon called. But the spirit of the lion saith, I will.
Thou-shalt lieth in its path, sparkling with gold a scalecovered beast; and on every scale glittereth golden, Thou shalt!
The values of a thousand years glitter on these scales, and thus speaketh the mightiest of all dragons: All the values of things glitter on me.
All values have already been created, and all created values do I represent. Verily, there shall be no I will any more. Thus speaketh the dragon.
My brethren, wherefore is there need of the lion in the spirit? Why sufficeth not the beast of burden, which renounceth and is reverent?
To create new values that even the lion cannot yet accomplish: but to create itself freedom for new creating that can the might of the lion do.
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