Beyond Good and Evil §194: of helpful people (and their techniques)

Among helpful and charitable people one almost regularly encounters that clumsy ruse which first doctors the person to be helped-as if, for example, he “deserved” help, required just their help, and would prove to be profoundly grateful for all help, faithful and submissive. With these fancies they dispose of the needy as of possessions, being charitable and helpful people from a desire for possessions. One finds them jealous if one crosses or anticipates them when they want to help. Involuntarily, parents turn children into something similar to themselves – they call that “education.”

(Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1966, §194, p. 107)

We just want to help. Help these subjects with techniques. On the discursive level the logic goes as follows: to support the teachers to ‘”see student progress” and the student to “follow their own learning”.

An abstraction to justify plethora of concrete actions that command forth old and new material to maintain the technique. And they need our help, our technique – because otherwise they would be too capable for acting as humans.

Actions take place because helpful people, their helpful purpose, are by default “good”. And isn’t it always better to try to do good than do nothing? (“action is better” and “progress is good” logical mesh).


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