You have probably heard of Nietzsche, perhaps one of the most misunderstood philosophers of the post-romantic era (technically modern, in what we are loosely calling post-modern, since the roots begin in Romanticism). If not, you might was to do a quick biographical search just so you can place him in our list of emerging characters!
Nietzsche's most famous comment about monsters is aphorism 146 in Beyond good and evil (full text in the link below): "Anyone who fights with monsters should take care that he doe
s not in the process become a monster. And if you gaze fo r long into an abyss, the abyss gazes back into you."
There is much to discuss here, but I want us also to consider what he has to say in number 289 (page 173) Can you have a read of it, and share your thoughts here? It will also set us up for next week!
Beyond Good and Evil (PDF):