Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent

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Man is in love with his nihilism and plays voluptuously with nothingness. He has withdrawn to the position of irresponsibility, of ‘après moi le déluge.’ He is a defeatist with regard to himself. Despite all his vanity, he holds himself to be less than he is. He is suspicious of greatness, and since he does not rise above himself, he sinks below himself. Without goals that can fire his enthusiasm, he is satisfied with selfishness, with the small, the petty and the base. This is the case in Europe to a catastrophic degree.
 Rudolf Pannwitz, Der Nihilismus und die werdende Welt (1951)

(Source: radical-traditionalism, via musicofthehyperspheres)