One final point: among those who support the doctrine of Eternal Recurrence some say, it has an ethical and moral dimension. If one is to come and live this very life over and over again, one should try to live it in a way that one wants to come and relive it. That is, they tell us: "One should live it to the utmost, and without leaving anything regrettable." [...] However, it is not even necessary to conduct a controlled social experiment to see how this doctrine affects the majority of mankind. A social experiment several millenniums old, is still going on. Just look at India, a country that has lived under the shadow of karma and reincarnation for the longest time. It is a nation where Brahmins, the highest caste, have systematically ruled and dominated the whole society and kept the Sudra or chandala, (untouchables) as their footstools, without any hope, or dream of salvation.
Fatalism, or karma, does not tell people to live life to the fullest. It simply states one must accept ones fate, unquestioningly, and live it. If one accepted this philosophy one would have to say: "If I have already lived this same life many times before, and there is nothing for me to change, why talk to me about living life to the fullest? If my previous life was lived to the fullest, I will live it to the fullest again this time. If I have not done so in previous lives, then there is nothing I can do about it now. I am totally powerless." This is the logical result of Eternal Recurrence, or what we might correctly rename as: The Doctrine of Despair, which reduces human life to that of a marionette or puppet, where the strings are forever held in the hands of fate, creating a total paralysis in the mind of the individual and society. So, from either the scientific, or the moral and ethical standpoint, this is a philosophy of doom, and there is nothing much going for this doctrine. It is a totally bankrupt worldview.
[...] As for the ethical view of this philosophy, Nietzsche might not have known what poverty and squalor this fatalistic religion had brought to India. Otherwise, we don't believe he would advocate such an evil system to be introduced into European thinking. If, however, he knew full well of the paralyzing social effect of this doctrine in India, and still advocated it, then this would further prove Nietzsche's evil genius. Since his whole philosophy was centered on weaving the myth of the "Superman" and the "Super race," to rule over the earth, was he perhaps paving the way and preparing a moral code for the rest of us, the chandala, to accept and live by -- Eternal Recurrence? This could perhaps, explain why he considered it as a very crucial part of his philosophy? In that case, he meant it to serve as the final nail that would hold down the lid of the coffin he created. History, however, bears witness to the fact that it was the very "Superman" and the "Super race" Nietzsche created with the myth of his philosophy that were buried in, and nailed in that very coffin -- Hitler and his followers.
Interesting take, grass! The Eastern religions undoubtedly rely much more on "non-existence" vs. "existence," "absence" vs. "presence," "holes" vs. "fullness," such that one begins to think what is the whole point of acting, of being "active," in life - I was reading the other day, a post here about that Sartre kind of philosopher, who's literally saying, "suicide is an option in the real sense of the word" - the guy who's writing during the days of being captured by the Nazis and @ # ! * e d in the ass regularly?!
I mean, don't get me started with the French, with Philippe Pétain proclaiming the defeat of France by Germany, without any resistance at all, offering that lousy excuse that "Paris would be destroyed"? With the French whores entertaining the German soldiers during the War years and then claiming they had "class"? So, I wouldn't be surprised with the idiotic Sartre contemplating suicide versus some kind of showing the other guy that he stood for something!
From what I see, there are, in fact, parallels between Eastern philosophy and existentialism! Western people are not used to this kind of stuff, are we?! The Western philosophy is more about "action," rather than "inaction," "doing," rather than "being done." Please tell me if I am wrong!
Come on, they say Nietzsche was a repressed homosexual who could not act on his feelings, and went on to write tales of tales of stuff about the "ascetic" and the like ... doesn't that tell you something about someone who's trying to run from himself and is not fully able to?!