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Albert 1 Brittany Albert Joseph Berenguel English 110 31 January 2008 Truth and Lies Friedrich Nietzsche wrote about many different topics. His ideas of truth and lies have influenced today’s society in many ways. These ideas have been the inspiration for films, political issues and other pieces of writings. Many times, we don’t even think about the concepts or themes associated with films or writings, but if we did, we would be able to link them to the subjects that people wrote about many years ago. Every day movies and issues can be associated with the matters Nietzsche wrote about. For example, the film The Matador has references to Nietzsche’s ideas of truth. Gay marriage and assisted suicide are often argued using the concepts Nietzsche wrote in “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense.” Finally, authors, such as Robert Venturi and Jacques Derrida, have also discussed ideas similar to those of Nietzsche. When looking at how Nietzsche’s ideas affected other people’s works, there is one quote that really sticks out as being used frequently. What, then, is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions; they are metaphors that have
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Albert 2 become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force, coins which have lost their embossing and are now considered as metal and no longer as coins. (Bartholomae 455) This quote means that you can believe something is true to the point where eventually you will forget that the belief is not necessarily the truth. You can fool people into believing something that is actually false is true, but eventually if you keep doing so, you will forget what the truth is really. In today’s society, it is very common for people to embellish the truth to make the real truth seem better. Nietzsche says the truth is an illusion which we have forgotten is an illusion. This means that we can believe something is true as much as we want, but if we continue to believe it, over time, we will forget what the real truth is. He also compared the truth to a coin that has lost its embossing and is considered to be just a piece of metal. This means the coin will lose its value since a piece of metal is not more desirable than a coin which has worth. Similarly, the truth loses its value when it is embellished or stretched. As what is being said gets farther from the actual truth, the less valuable and meaningful the truth is. People are bound to ‘lies’ because they keep telling things that are not the whole truth, and eventually forget what is fact and what is fiction. One example of a person embellishing the truth to make his world seem better is in the
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