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"نحتاج وقتا طويلا لننطق أي شيء بالإنتية القديمة، لذا فنحن لا نقول ما لا يستحق وقته"

Nietzsche Intra Waters: The Thin Ice

Did Nietzsche’s The Gay Science have some bearing on Roger Waters while he was writing The Wall? The Wall is a biography of post-modern man, “citizen” of a nation-state from the terminally-ill Western civilisation. Pink is someone who sees deeper than others. Sensing the frail image people around him have for themselves and their world, he is not able to correspond with their “realities.”

Communication is what Pink is trying to do throughout the narrative, and with each agonizing experience, he adds a Brick to what will become almost everything about him, namely The Wall. However, being inside does not feel any better, so he takes a crack at opening up a little, but it is very much enough for the flood of "defecate"; to start flowing in. He probably knew in advance he is going to suffer yet more, except there is no escape from communication. All he can do is show "feelings of an almost human nature." After he is broken, building starts again, an endless taking-turns of communication and protection. The direction of pressure never changes.

It was in the late nineteenth century when Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), a model himself for the outsider he predicted to tower above his near future, made the strongest postulation that the “realities” on which millions of “worms”—to use Waters’ terminology—took as grounds to build on, are but a crust that soon will be too thin to bear its own weight:

We who are homeless.— Among Europeans today there is no lack of those who are entitled to call themselves homeless in a distinctive and honorable sense: it is to them that I especially commend my secret wisdom and gaya scienza. For their fate is hard, their hopes are uncertain; it is quite a feat to devise some comfort for them—but what avail? We children of the future, how could we be at home in this today? We feel disfavor for all ideals that might lead one to feel at home even in this fragile, broken time of transition; as for its "realities," we do not believe that they will last.The ice that still supports people today has become very thin; the wind that brings the thaw is blowing; we ourselves who are homeless constitute a force that breaks open ice and other all too thin "realities”

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…Is it not clear that with all this we are bound to feel ill at ease in an age that likes to claim the distinction of being the most humane, the mildest, and the most righteous age that the sun has ever seen? It is bad enough that precisely when we hear these beautiful words we have the ugliest suspicions. What we find in them is merely an expression—and a masquerade—of a profound weakening, of weariness, of old age, of declining energies. What can it matter to us what tinsel the sick may use to cover up their weakness? Let them parade it as their virtue; after all, there is no doubt that weakness makes one mild, oh so mild, so righteous, so inoffensive, so “humane”!

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The Thin Ice lines are the first outside the narrative of The Wall, summarizing in a storyteller’s insight the life of “baby blue”:

If you should go skating
on the thin ice of modern life
dragging behind you the silent reproach
of a million tear-stained eyes
don't be surprised when a crack in the ice
appears under your feet.
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
with your fear flowing out behind ‎you
as you claw the thin ice.

[1] Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Gay Science, translated with commentary by Walter Kaufman. Vintage, 1974. ISBN 0-394-71985-9.