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Explication Essay

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The three cultures, Alexandrian, Hellenic, and Indian, symbolize the three types of culture, Socratic, artistic, and tragic. These in turn perpetuate the three planes of illusion hiding world suffering: the belief that knowledge will cure the eternal wound of existence, the attraction to the seductive veil of beauty and art, and the comfort of thinking that beneath phenomena there is still everlasting eternal life. These levels of illusion are meant only for those of nobler natures, because they are plagued with feeling the burden and weight of existence more profoundly, and must be deceived out of this extreme distress by special stimulants. These stimulants compose what man calls culture, ...view middle of the document...

The hard-acquired wisdom is transformed into compact pieces of knowledge, stored away among the multitude of other knowledges.
There is, however, a fatal flaw in the Socratic culture. Alexandrian culture is deemed tragic, with the realization that its Socratic optimism is merely an illusion. Those in the theoretical Socratic culture are fated to, in their illusion that they can explain the innermost essence of things, foolishly optimistic that they can uncover all the mysteries of the world, realize in the end that their optimism has backfired in that it has made the once-mere phenomena into the sole true essence of things, thwarting their hunger for true knowledge. This makes the Socratic culture now a tragic culture, in that “its highest goal lies no longer in science but in wisdom, undeceived by the enticing diversions of the sciences; that it turns a steady eye on the world as a whole, and seeks to grasp, with a sympathetic love, eternal suffering as its own” (88). The Socratic culture, founded so much on logic and science, is doomed the moment it becomes illogical, and the one who is theoretical is forced to abandon the ramifications of their universal quest for knowledge.
The Socratic culture could also be called the culture of opera, which Nietzsche views as degenerate and naïve. Opera is created from theoretical man, “truly unmusical listeners who demanded that the words should be understood above all else; so that a rebirth of music could only occur when a way of singing was discovered in which the words would hold sway over counterpoint as a master holds sway over his servant” (91).
In an attempt to adequately convey the pathos of the words, speech joins music, however, the result is half-music. The singer experiences a conflict of interest; he must speak clearly, overpowering the other half of the music, but then the worry is that at any moment the focus will be shifted to the music, eliminating the pathos and clarity of the words. Meanwhile, he is struggling with the innate urge to showcase his virtuosic vocal skills. Aided by the “poet,” he is able to incorporate elements, such as lyrical interjections and word repetition, into the music, compromising the words in the process. Nietzsche finds stilo rappresentativo, the rapidly changing effort to affect both the listener’s conceptual attentiveness and their responsiveness to the music, horrifically unnatural; it is a contradiction of the Apolline and Dionysiac artistic impulses.
Ironically, the inventors of recitative were thoroughly convinced that stilo rappresentativo was the solution to the mystery of ancient music, the cause of the inexplicable effect of Ancient Greek music, and signified a return to the matchless purity of ancient times. Therein lies the reason for the creation of opera; it was created by primitive men, suffering from an overwhelming longing to return to the utopia of Ancient Greece and to glorify the primitive man as an artistically driven, essentially...

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