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It is as if there were a judging, valuating mechanism in each of us, impossible to silence, impossible to switch off, a force that represents more than mere survival and therefore engages in activity that goes beyond the pale of mere survival. And for this reason Nietzsche referred to Darwinian "struggle for existence" as an assertion without sufficient proof. "It occurs, but as an exception; the overall aspect of life is not distress, not starvation, but wealth, abundance, even absurd squanderingwhere the struggle occurs, it is for power" (II, 99899).

His bright, sensitive use of language is not a retreat from language's insufficiency, but a frontal assault via language into those areas of thought that we had always considered sacrosanct. Nietzsche's play is not "neutral," as many poststructuralists would have it; instead, it is extremely aggressive and partial, especially insofar as the Nietzschean notion of play takes on the most dangerous game, namely, humanity's relation to language itself. Where I find puns and wordplay in Nietzsche's text I do not immediately relativize the argument, construing the cleverness of his usage as license to dazzle on my own, as some drunken imitator.

If parents and students are prepared to pay the going rate, and to go through the proper motions, young people can enjoy a simulated education that prepares them sufficiently for a simulated life. One can and I hope will object, pointing out that my education and my life cannot be simulated. After all, these are my experiences, my turmoils, triumphs, my results for better or worsesimulation cannot apply to me because I am real and simulations are not. Any person with a drop of blood in his veins would rise up and defend his life as life, and that person would of course be right.

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