Nietzsche – Stop Looking for Someone to Blame

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In this video, I talk about Friedrich Nietzsche, blame, and resentment.

In On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche compares the feeling of resentment to a toxin or an illness, because he believes that resentment is anti-life and anti-growth. This is a sentiment I agree with, and it’s an idea I wanna explore for myself. Why do we become resentful, what happens when we become resentful, and how do we prevent ourselves from becoming resentful?

So rejected entitlement leads to frustration, and accumulated frustration leads to resentment. And so the belief behind resentment, if I’m going to put it simply, is this: “you shouldn’t be in my way”. Resentment builds when I believe you’re preventing me from receiving what I’m entitled to. The resentful eye is always looking for someone to blame.

So how do we prevent ourselves from becoming resentful? In order to defuse all resentment in the mind, this idea has to be true: there’s a place in this world, and a way to that place, for everyone which can’t be denied by anyone except for themselves. In other words, it’s not possible for anyone to truly get in your way. That’s the idea that would have to be true for resentment to never build up in the mind.

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28 thoughts on “Nietzsche – Stop Looking for Someone to Blame

  1. You are doing a great job…. I watched great number of motivational videos…nothing helps like ur videos do…. sometimes I wonder how come such valuable information is for free!! I feel blessed to have come across ur channel!!! Thank you!! Keep up the good work, I look forward to it as it really helps.

    1. YouTube pays 0.10 to 0.30 per ad view, so if he get 4 million views on this he could be making around $12,000+ from one video. It’s not like no one is paying him for this content

  2. To the *incredible person* that’s seeing this, I wish you all the best in life❤ don’t over blame yourself, accept things and go forward. Don’t let others define what “success” is for you. Get up, learn the skills needed and get after it, all the keys to a happy life is in your hands. Keep pushing.

    1. Also, don’t ignore what seems to be small progress. Allow room for small, incremental steps upward.

  3. If it really was someone else’s fault, that would be bad news. We can’t change other people remotely as well as ourselves

  4. Very nice, yes, Nietzsche has a good collection of philosophical ideas. However I also think, that there are plenty of other authors too, ehh😀😀
    however you are more focused on Nietzsche, well I like that too😀😀

  5. We should all keep this in our minds when an artist says no to your request to use their work or make something for you just because they are willing to pay money to that artist it doesn’t work that way

    1. @Lord Hendrickson But Keyaru is a fictional character so that technically don’t count as a real example

  6. I think nietsche means that this place is the inner world. Moving by the inner cause and not from the external one.

  7. Beautiful video and the music was thx for your video! =) This also reminds me of what Elder Bednar said “A thing, an event or an expression may be offensive, but you and I can choose not to be offended.”

  8. Recently finished Genealogy of Morals
    Your interpretation and explanations are very helpful to me since it widens my perspective on polemics, readings, topics, and such!
    Thank you for the educational and entertaining video 😄

  9. I disagree that the solution is hope, although hope can be part of it. You have to weigh the costs and benefits. Using the example of Fin, he needs to ask himself what price he’s willing to pay and what he’s willing to risk in order to find the woman of his dreams. Everyone wants stuff, but when you weigh the costs and benefits we may decide that something we want is too expensive and even if we could afford it, there are more important things we’d like to do with those resources, and move on.

    This is why the MOST entitlement can be seen in regards to “free” stuff like government programs. This is because the costs are negligible, so people become entitled. The cure for entitlement is knowledge of the price, and the decision of whether or not the price is worth it.

    If you decide that you don’t want to assume the costs of risks of looking for “the one” and would rather do something else you find more enjoyable, then there is no resentment. You’ve made a conscious choice to use your limited time and resources in a way you find fulfilling, and maybe you’ll re-evaluate your decision if the “price” comes down, but that’s not your problem. Again, hope can be part of this thought process. You can “hope” the price comes down to something more reasonable, but if not, you’re not resentful for the high price, and there are almost always low-cost alternatives if you’re willing to accept them.

    1. Read Victor Frankles book. The op mentioned hope in reference to his book. I know on a surface level hope seems pretty unstable and intangible but when you hear someone talk about hope, when hope it literally the only thing getting you to the next day, it takes on a new meaning

  10. resentment arrise from surrendering yourself to the
    darkness(means — there is not way out)

    So we need to have hope every single second so that we can get rid of resentment/the feeling of hopelessness (golden rule)

  11. I really agree with all of this but I’d like to read the book itself to see if it mentions the cases of when someone makes a very painful wrongdoing, being the most open and crude example from personal experience, someone who has been a victim of child abuse / sexual abuse, I know it’s a very specific and painful example but it adds to the scale of grays that I’d like to explore about such topics mixing with my own personal experience, growth and healing process with proper teaching within the condominiums of philosophy.

    Great work nontheless Freedom in Thought, your videos have been really nurturing and it adds best to the future researches that I’m finding the time to do.

  12. Very true. The only one who stands in your way is yourself. Unfortunately, most people need someone to blame to get ahead in life because it’s easier to use scapegoats, rather than going for what they truly want with fearlessness and courage.

    Because you see the reality is, there’s usually no one standing in your way whatsoever, it’s just you yourself who are terrified and scared of actually achieving something without pointing your fingers at someone else.

    That is the stone-cold truth, and that is why the world is so messed up right now with this men vs women bullshit, and boys growing up to become girls and vice versa. We’re not going to have a functional society as long as this BS keeps up. It’s just going to get worse for everyone.

  13. I’m a resentfull person and I agree with you a 100% that resentment is a choice, but its also a habbit.
    In January I got stooped by the cops because I crossed a red light on my bike, the only thing I felt for those officers was pure hatred; they where pretty polite to the end although I was realy disrespectfull without insulting them.
    Looking back it is as you said it felt like they where in my way.

  14. Thank you so much for producing this content. I can personally say I try very hard to mitigate the generation of resentment in myself. Especially on the topic Finn was dealing with. I am trying to say thank you but I acknowledge I am virtue signaling. I’m sorry and thank you.

  15. Question on a few things you said,
    “There’s someone/something for me”
    My understandings and interpretations of these works (and even taken from and reinforced by some of your videos) is that it’s an ever changing and evolving spectrum of possible outcomes that can all be considered more positive or negative depending on personal perspective. Meaning there is no “ONE” person, purpose, or meaning for one persons life but infinite chances to make it the best possible for yourself. Would you disagree with any of that?

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