AN ALIEN WORLD?
“To whoever embarks on terrible seas.”
Nietzsche, Towards a Genealogy of Morals
THIS chapter describes the relatively low compatibility of human life with the world as it is. Humankind lives in a none too hospitable world, in an ‘alien world’, in which it has been rather difficult for human beings to survive, physically or spiritually. Fear and anxiety have always accompanied human existence. The struggle with external threats and internal anxieties and fears has played a leading role in the generation of human civilization.
Epimetheus was a benevolent god in the Greek Pantheon, but intelligence was not his strong point. He was prone to make a mess of things and, due to his foolishness, he played a woeful role in the early history of mankind. After the gods had created the animal world, Zeus, the highest of all gods, entrusted him with distributing among living creatures those tools and faculties that were necessary for their survival. Epimetheus was delighted to be given this important job and set to work immediately. He gave sharp eyes to the eagle that it may see its prey from the height of the skies. He gave the fastest legs to the deer that it may escape from its predators. He gave the