For Writers and Educators
“The more abstract the truth that you would teach, the more you must seduce the senses to it.”
Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Future Philosophy, by Friedrich Nietzsche
Technical notes: (i) You’ll see many minor variations in the translation of this aphorism. (ii) Nietzsche’s work holds many amazing insights, as well as many incredible stupidities. You must decide for yourself which is which.
Personal notes: My writing improves whenever I remember to apply this rule. It is a major reason behind my decision to explore ethics through speculative fiction rather than academic journal articles.