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Nietzsche, Camel, Lion, Child and the Entrepreneur

It bears little wonder that various eastern mystics have referred to Nietzsche as one of them. The chapter "On the Three Metamorphoses" from Friedrich Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None," (in the German original: Also Sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen) rig outlines the path to (spiritual) awareness .

Nietzsche describes a person's life as three successive metamorphoses of the spirit. He calls the stages of this development the camel, the lion, and the child.

If this sounds too esoteric, we might as well replace "spirit" with "awareness." And awareness is what we need to succeed in life in general and in business in particular. We may safely assume that thriving entrepreneurs, of course, analyze the environment and rationalize, but that to a substantial extent they decide by intuitive awareness of the situation at hand. Malcolm Gladwell calls this "the power of thinking without thinking."

"Thus spoke Zarathustra" was published in sections by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1892. More than 100 years later the relevance of the three metamorphoses has even been highlighted in a world of information overflow.

Here are the essential assumptions of what Nietzsche is saying: Humans are born incomplete, we merely come into this world as a process with the potential for development. Evolution, however, is intrinsic to our nature. And a person's growth is realized through the stages of the camel, the lion, and the child.

The camel is all about the assimilation of the past – assimilation of knowledge given by society. This stage is predominantly about memory and dependence upon the prevailing opinion about the world we inhabit. The camel is about being a good citizen in the sense that the higher the assimilation, the better a person stands in the esteem of the society.

The lion is a rebellion against the stage of the camel. The assimilation of shared knowledge has reached a level that the inner self of a person rebels against the environment and discovers itself as a guide for authenticity and independence. Nota bene, the majority of people remain camels all their life. The lion is, for example, the entrepreneur people laugh at for doing something that "will never work." The lion switches from heteronomy to an internal locus of control. The ego becomes self. Camels perceive lions as dangerous, and sometimes the lion can feel the camel inside "Can I just make money from home on the Internet? Or should I rather pursue a respected career?" – It is indeed challenging to rid oneself of the camel completely. The camel is about memory, and the lion is about knowledgeability.

The last stage of the child is not merely a rebellion but a real revolution and may well describe enlightenment in eastern philosophy. So, according to Nietzsche, the second childhood is the real one, and for Westerners, this might even ring a "biblical bell." In the stage of the child, a person becomes utterly free from past and the future. Creativity and interdependence, personal happiness and economic success genuinely coincide. A human mind has reached the stage of wisdom.

Source by Svend Nelson

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