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How the Primal Will evolves in Thus Spoke Zarathustra This principle of life remains throughout Nietzsches writings Although he will later criticize virtually all of Schopenhauers contributions as being either pessimistic or still under the sway of the Christian Moral Ideal his initial conception of the will as primal becoming sustains itself into the later writings To use the language of the Nachlass Becoming equals the shifting combinations of varying configurations of power constellations interconnected at higher and lower levels At certain points these constantly changing combinations yield sorrow for an individual from his or her perspective at other points these changing combinations yield joy The totality of these shifting combinations is life itself This is Nietzsches sense of the primal will as it can be viewed from within the context of his entire enterprise Thus we have the first appearance and the first meaning of the will in Nietzsches writings It is the radical sense of becoming life itself deified in the image of Dionysus Now this life itself this primal will or becoming leads to the second meaning of the will in Nietzsches writings viz the will of the child in Thus Spoke Zarathustra The birth of the child as the final metamorphosis of the spirit can be seen as the central event of the book It is equivalent to the birth of the Overman and thus it is Zarathustras fundamental teaching This central event however must be seen in conjunction with the basic thought of the book This is the darkest thought of the eternal recurrence of the same and it is Zarathustras gift to mankind The problem becomes one of seeing how the central event ie the Ubermensch and the basic thought ie eternal recurrence are to be brought together That is to say how is Zarathustras teaching related to Zarathustras gift-giving The answer to these conjunctions is to be found in the activity of the child The child Zarathustra
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