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Henry Thomas
Apprentice

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Posted - Apr 01 2013 :  12:40:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On page 223 of On the Genealogy of Morals I came across a line that I really liked: "A physician who treated me for some time as if my nerves were sick finally said:"it's not your nerves, it is rather I that am nervous."

Just wanted to share that and see if anyone has something to say about it.

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Tom Trelogan
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Posted - Apr 01 2013 :  05:58:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Henry, what was it about this line that you especially liked? What do you have to say about it? Also, this line isn't from the Genealogy. It's from Ecce Homo, which is another book altogether.
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Brittny Gadsby
Fledgling

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Posted - May 12 2013 :  1:58:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am also curious about what you liked about the quote. Also, I think that the nerves mentioned here must be physical, whereas being nervous is a psychological problem. I haven't heard the entire post of where this section came from, but that is my assumption.

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Jeremy Grooms
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Posted - May 12 2013 :  3:40:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think Brittny is right, but I wonder if this doesn't have a further implication, namely that people are told that there is something wrong with them their whole lives long if they are not exactly like everyone else is. As a result of this it gets into their brains that there is something wrong with their "nerves" and really they are "nervous" as a result of society's saying they are.

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Brittny Gadsby
Fledgling

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Posted - May 12 2013 :  5:31:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeremy, are you saying that people are being 'tricked' when they're told what they are?

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Tom Trelogan
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Posted - May 12 2013 :  8:18:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you gone back, Brittny and Jeremy, to take a look at this passage in context? As Henry indicated, it's on p. 223 in the volume that contains On the Genealogy of Morals, and as I indicated, it's not in that particular work; it's in Ecce Homo, which is contained in the very same volume. Unless you do this, your speculations about what this passage might mean is bound to be little more than wheel-spinning.
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Brittny Gadsby
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Posted - May 12 2013 :  11:13:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mr. Trelogan, I will look back at the context Henry has indicated.
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