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Thus Spoke Zarathustra Of the Vision and the Riddle In this section of the text Zarathustra is climbing a mountain and enounters the Spirit of Gravity which Zarathustra describes as his devil and archenemy As he climbs higher up the mountain however a dwarf which I think is the Spirit of Gravity jumps off his shoulders and sits on a rock in front of him Beyond the Dwarf lies a gateway inscribed with the word Moment and Zarathustra tells the Dwarf that beyond and behind the gateway lies eternity In this I believe that Nietzche is referring to the doctrine of eternal recurrence I seems that he is telling us that time and life does not move in a linear fashion as we believe but rather it is a casual nexus which is circular in the sense that it repeats itself over and over again This view is opposed to the Christian view that envisions our lives as moving in a linear progression towards a finish line after which we will be rewarded or punished on whether our souls are in a state of grace or sin The real significance of any moment is a matter of how it is evaluated from a perspective that lies outside of time Every part of life is bound together the present moment is a configuration of all the tendencies that the past has contributed to it The present individual is who heshe is a consequence of the convergence of hisher entire past including hisher ancestry According to this doctrine of eternal recurrence every aspect of the present is casually conditioned by the past After this occurs Zarathustra suddenly snaps out of his vision and finds himself high on a mountain with a dog howling for help in the distance Near the top of the mountain Zarathustra encounters a young shepherd lying on the ground choking He is choking because he has a snake in his mouth
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