"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Monday, April 22, 2013

WWND?

What would Nietzsche do?  I know.  You are once again wondering what the hay this philosophizing goat is talking about.  But I can assure, philosophizing is just what I am doing.  Aren't I supposed to be?  Well, here's the thing.  Friederich Nietszche was a German philosopher who lived from 1844 to 1900.  Well, never mind that his philosophy might have been the product of a diseased mind, he still had some rather profound things to say.

So what exactly does this have to do with a goat?  Nothing.  Really.  Absolutely nothing.  What it does have to do with, however, is the Goatmother.  So here is the deal, but before I tell you this, you need to realize that all things contain both good and bad.  Just look at Peanut. (the goat and not the nut, since the nut is obviously an exception to this rule).  Perfect example.  Anyway, back to the Goatmother.  On May 1st, the Goatmother's port is coming out.  At least it is scheduled to.  The Goatfather says that this is so if anything goes wrong, they can yell 'May Day! May Day!!!!', but then we might find it prudent to consider the source in this case.

Ordinarily this event would be viewed with a great deal of joy, and indeed it is.  After all, if the doctors feel the port can come out, it implies they feel confident they aren't going to need it again any time soon.  That is a real morale booster for sure.  However, there is a down side.  Remember?  I told you.  Both good and bad.  So what could possibly be bad?  Well, do you remember back when the Goatmother first got the port?  In case you have forgotten what resulted from that event, you can refresh your memory here.  Yes, the gaining of Super Powers and the birth of an alter ego.  Butter Bean, the 4th Power Puff Girl. 

So, here's the further thing.  If the Goatmother loses the port, does it follow that she loses her Super Powers?  Does Butter Bean cease to exist?  And this is where Friederich Nietzsche comes in.  So let's examine a few of the things Mr. N had to say.  First of all, he said, "  All things are subject to interpretation.  Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."  Hokay.  There's that *power* word.  So if the Goatmother has the power in the first place, then the truth is she can keep it, right?  Hmmm ...

What about this:  "All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of the truth come only from the senses."  There's that truth word again.  And since we know that power is the winner here, since he said that already, and we know the Goatmother doesn't have any sense, looks like she gets to keep the power again.  Hey, I'm beginning to like this.

Okay, now, Nietzsche also said, " The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it."  Since it is entirely irrational that the Goatmother should have possessed Super Powers in the first place, that should serve to prove she was actually supposed to have them.  And why would someone lose something they were actually meant to have?  Were destined to have?  That wouldn't make any sense, would it?  Of course we have already established that the Goatmother has no sense, but still ... 

Oh, well, what do you think?  Does  the Goatmother lose her Super Powers or not?  One of her friends told her, "No.  They are yours to keep in perpetuity."  Who knows?  What exactly would Nietzsche do?  Probably go sit on his stump and think about it a lot.  And be grumpy.

At any rate, there is no question that the whole thing has been good in many ways.  The Goatmother is the better person for it all - with or without Super Powers.  How do I know?  Because Nietzsche also said this:  "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."  Got that right.  Word, Fred.

16 comments:

Terry said...

It's obvious. She loses her current powers, but gets others, at this point unknown. With any luck, the new superpowers will have something to do with peanuts.

Mrs. Micawber said...

I don't know what Nietzsche WOULD do, but I know what he SHOULD have done: get a name that's easier to spell! (And let's not even THINK about asking what Schopenhauer would do....)

I think the Goatmother gets to keep her super powers. She's earned them, after all. Has the green glow worn off yet, by the way?

Millie said...

This certainly sounds like progress and a good thing. I do believe she gets to retain all her super powers. It's only fair!

Marigold said...

Dear Terry,
Now there is a thought! The Goatmother rather likes this idea. Well, I like it more since it has to do with Peanuts possibly. Does this mean we will have to rename her alter ego? Change it from Butter Bean to perhaps Polly Peanut?

Marigold said...

Dear Mrs. Micawber,
Thankfully the green glow is only slightly still visible at night. Makes a good night light though.

Marigold said...

Dear Millie,
Keeping the Super Powers is in the lead then. It will be interesting to see what actually happens.

Snowcatcher said...

I'm with Terry. I think the existing super powers have become run of the mill, and it's time for new super powers. I expect to hear some fancy chatting in the coming days as we learn what new super powers the Goatmother has obtained. Maybe they'll even make a movie!!!

Congrats on losing the port. Even if the super powers do fade, not having a port is a pretty magnificent thing!

Marigold said...

Dear SnowCatcher,
Interesting hypothesis. I suppose we shall have to wait and see what occurs. :)

Candy C. said...

May Day is a wonderful day to lose the port I think! :)
As for the superpowers, I agree with Terry too, new powers will be gained, as yet unknown but equally as magnificent! Especially if they involve peanuts!

Marigold said...

Dear Candy,
Hmmm...who knows what the world is about to be subjected to. Soon, all shall be revealed. (doesn't that sound dramatic?)

Ginnie said...

Oh, hurray for Goatmother! And I agree she will be just as powerful once she's port-less.

Marigold said...

Dear Ginnie,
I sure hope she isn't TOO powerful! :)

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Well I do believe quite firmly that the goatmother shall retain all superpowers heretofore given unto her, and I furthermore assert that she shall gain new superpowers, because having had this whole rigmarole of an experience, she has gained infinite amounts of knowledge and strength and gumption that the rest of us do not have, so it is only natural that she should keep her superpowers. As the great Michel de Montaigne once said “No wind favors him (her) who has no destined port.” We have thus determined that the goatmother will acquire the additional superpower of never having to pass wind once she has no port. What luck!

Marigold said...

Dear Claire,
Oh, my. Can this be true? Of course you have quoted a very wise source. How interesting. The Goatfather is going to be SO jealous!!!!

Hindustanka said...

i can see that whatever you've gone through definitely made you stronger. you write such wonderful things in your blog... Blessings your side, Goatmother!

Marigold said...

Dear Hindustanka,
Wait! I write this stuff. Not the Goatmother. Although she does let me use her computer. :)