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Inspiring waterfall and cascades in three of Nietzsche‘s favorite places.
I’ve been there several times, of course, and try to make a visual connection in
my “Dooiwind (thawing wind)”-works*:

montboron villettadinegro

Mont Boron (la Terrasse Nietzsche), Nice (France)
Villetta di Negro, Genova (Italy) and below:
Ova da Surlej waterfall above the lake Silvaplana, near Sils Maria (Switzerland)

“When we look at the waterfall, its countless twists and turns, the braidings and beadings of its waves of water, we believe that we can descry in it a freedom of will, a kind of autonomy. However, everything about it is necessary: every motion can be calculated mathematically. So it is with human actions: if one were omniscient, one would be able to calculate every action ahead of time, including all progress of knowledge, every error, every piece of malice. To be sure, the one who acts is himself stuck in the illusion of autonomy. Yet if the cosmic wheel stood still for a moment, and if an omniscient, calculative intellect were on hand to take advantage of this moment, that intellect could tell the future of every creature into the most remote of times, marking every track on which the wheel would roll. The actor’s self-deception, the supposition of free will, is itself attributable to this utterly calculable mechanism.”

Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All-Too-Human
from: The Good European
by David Farrell Krell + Donald L. Bates

* Dooiwind: A moist warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions,  this wind reduces a snow cover by melting.
(thawing- wind, called  “snow-eater”, meteorology:  any warm wind blowing over a snow surface)
The process of thawing: a period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt/a relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.

Video (BBC 1999): Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche

zie: Dooiwind
zie: Parallel falls
zie: Cornucopia
zie: Cornucopia (2)
zie: Zomerse winterwaterval
zie: Landscape painting
zie: Contemplation
zie: Creation of the waterfall
zie: Chinese waterval
zie: cascata d’acqua


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