1- Total number of books I own: You mean you want me to count!? I’ll just say a good shitload and leave it be…
2- Last book(s) I bought: The Genealogy of Morals & Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche, Key Words for Astrology by Hajo Banzhaf & Anna Haebler, Personality Types: using the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso, The Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle
3 – Last books read: Raberata by Robert Bisno (Ubermensch), The Devil’s Notebook Anton Szandor La Vey, Choke by Chuck Palanuik, The Ego and Its Own by Max Stirner, Personality Types: using the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso, Rebels and Devils : The Psychology of Liberation by Christopher S. Hyatt
4 – Five meaningful books:
The Ego And Its Own by Max Stirner
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
1984 by George Orwell
5 – Tag people:
…aaaaaand anyone else who considers this worthwhile….
i have wanted to read The Ego and its Own for a long time now. is it as good as i imagine?
Oh, it’s certainly one to get hold of! An unwieldy read at first, but it gets better and easier to understand once you re-read it a few times. I’d been interested in reading it for some time, and a hearty recommendation by spurred me into tracking it down. It’s a pretty hard one to pick up in the shops though (I had to go to a specialist Waterstones to get hold of their solitary copy), so you may wanna see if you can make use of Amazon or something…
You know I was around 21 when I when through my Nietzsche phase. I still love his works, even if I don’t buy everything he wrote. But, I think the thing that people miss with him is that he wanted people to think about what he wrote. And use that has a tool to find their own truth. I that that is the most valuable thing about reading him. IMO.
Well, considering the way he writes, it’s very much impossible to ascertain a “final decision” from him – he was more of an iconoclast than a system-builder laying down an absolute edict. The main thing I got from him is that nihilism is a good transitional state in order to find a better way of living that falls in line with your unique requirements (egoism), as opposed to cutting and chopping away at oneself in order to fit in to some externally-imposed template (slave morality).
He certainly knew the value of the question, even if he held off from giving a complete answer.
In short, I agree with you!