Nietzsche Featured on X-file Homepage

Robert Owen (
Fri, 12 Nov 1999 23:21:49 -0500

I have never understood the X-file Cult (nor the Star Trek "Fan Club") -- bad science, monotonous plots, Bill Shattner -- although someone said he and his corset had been replaced ... In a totally phony exercise in largesse, I pass along the "All-new Official Site of The X-Files" to which a search engine aberration sent me:

Again, for reasons incomprehensible to me, the page has a hotlink called "Amor Fati" upon which, as a member of the Nietzsche Cult and Fan Club, I had to click with this result:


The Latin phrase "Amor Fati" translates to "Love of Fate." Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900) used the phrase in his work, "The Gay Science":

"I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think. Sum, ergo cogito: cogito, ergo sum. Today everybody permits himself the expression of his wish and his dearest thought; hence I, too, shall say what it is that I wish from myself today, and what was the first thought to run across my heart this year--what thought shall be for me the reason, warranty, and sweetness of my life henceforth. I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor Fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against that is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer."


I haven't the faintest idea what this has to do with X-files, nor which imp of the perverse composed this message with the evident intention of embarrassing me.

Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA