Nietzsche once wrote, "We are sorest bent and troubled by invisible hands." I never knew what this meant until I started sharing my work with people.




Writing an opinion piece is a tall task. I liked throwing ideas out into the public collective to read, but I was afraid of criticism. I was so nervous about my first few pieces that I did not even read them. I pretended I had not even written them. When people asked me what I wrote about I would scratch my head and say I did not remember. If people wanted to talk to me about the articles, I asked them to guide me through my own work. I avoided any and all criticism because it felt too close to a personal attack. My words reflect an aspect of my being and criticism of these words feels like a critique of my being.




Nietzsche also wrote, "Little do people understand what is great &

that is to say, the creating agency. But they have a taste for the representers and actors of great things."




Nietzsche considers the ideas and philosophy that inspire action is often confused with the actors of the ideas. I was afraid of sharing my work because I understood I was just whittling away at an idea that interested me but most people would connect the ideas to me. People often assume that everything one writes or says is connected to very essence of their being. Fans of famous fiction authors often wonder how much of the story is based on the author's life.




Here is another example: We often attack the president for something that did not work out. We attach the Iraq War to George W. Bush. Those of us who oppose the war pray for his impeachment. But, if an impeachment was obtained, what good would that do us? Dick Cheney as president? If we listened to Nietzsche's advice, perhaps we would attack the disembodied ideology that drove us to Iraq. This is a more effective plan of attack.




If we attacked the ideas instead of the actors, far more people would listen to our cause because people would not get defensive. When we bring in the "representers and actors," we bring in human connections and relationships. These are bonds tougher than Fidel Castro. If we moved away from President Bush as the problem and discussed how modern U.S. Foreign Diplomacy is the problem, people will not feel attacked. Attacking individuals can also make us seem petty, which destroys our rhetorical credibility. Unless they are matters of religion or money, people do not have the same connections to ideas that they have with people.




What makes focus of the intangible difficult is that the common man and woman cannot separate ideas from the actor. Actors gladly accept recognition. The greater the idea, the tighter the actor or thinker will streamline their personality with the idea.




"Spirit, hath the actor, but little conscience of the spirit. He believeth always in that wherewith he maketh believe most strongly &

in himself."




Ideas and symbols push the public toward the conclusion that our president is the physical embodiment of American ideology. The only way we can fight this mess of personality and ideology is by ignoring the individual and acknowledging the ideas. While people should still be held accountable for their actions, one must first recognize the ideas are what direct the actions of the actor. Ideology is always the driving force behind the actor.




is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in English. He lives in Ashland with his fianc&

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