The Meaning of Our Gardens

The meaning of our gardens and palaces (and to this extent also the meaning of all desire for riches) is: to remove disorder and vulgarity from sight and to build a home for nobility of soul. – WtP 941

Here and in WtP 935, Nietzsche seems to have found a kernel of truth when he says of the noble that “abundance precedes him” and when he insinuates that prosperity is part of the required habitat in which a noble soul can develop, which reminds me of our considerations about the bonobo apes and friendship: simian populations in environments where there’s plenty tend to behave amorously and gently with each other, whereas competition for resources produces violence. These dynamics can be seen to repeat themselves in human societies.

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Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' (Humanist Press, 2014) and 'How to Live a Good Life' (Penguin Random House, 2020), and founder of He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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