My last act as a dictator

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

“Words, like all other manifestations of an evolving race, are stamped with the values that have long been paramount in that race. Now, the original thinker who
finds himself compelled to use the current speech of his country in order to impart new and hitherto untried views to his fellows, imposes a task upon the natural means of communication which it is totally unfitted to perform,— hence the obscurities and prolixities which are so frequently met within the writings of original thinkers. In the “Dawn of Day”, Nietzsche actually cautions young writers against the danger of allowing their thoughts to be moulded by the words at their disposal.” - Anthony M. Ludovici, Notes on Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“I do not wish to be mixed up and confused with these preachers of equality.  For, to me justice speaks thus: “Men are not equal.”  Nor shall they become equal!  What would my love of the Superman be if I spoke otherwise?

On a thousand bridges and paths they shall throng to the future, and ever more war and inequality shall divide them: thus does my great love make me speak.  In their hostilities they shall become inventors of images and ghosts, and with their images and ghosts they shall yet fight the highest fight against one another.Good and evil, and rich and poor, and high and low, and all the names of values—arms shall they be and clattering signs that life must overcome itself again and again.”

- Nietzsche on ‘The Tarantulas’, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

A while back I received a unique comment on one of my short stories.

I had been equated to Hitler for my ideas,

and evidently, I took this to heart,

such that I had simply deleted the comment and blocked that person.

I regretted it later (almost immediately after, in fact) -

I had clearly manifested a trait I so often detest, 

that of a dictator, having censored a statement I knew at heart to contain an element of truth.

I unblocked them, but I could never undo my shameful act of censorship. 



Let him be, (3)

the fettered bee. (4)

Blind to (2)

his own sting, (3)

and the effect (4)

it might have on him. (5)


Submitted: September 29, 2021

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dewey green

All expression of ones words should be free from censorship,
whether detestable or not. Otherwise we may be bereft of that
Individuals true nature, and risk not knowing , when or if we should stand clear. Good of you to see and rectify your own misgivings Ollie.

Wed, September 29th, 2021 1:12pm


I agree. It is truly demonic to wield a double-edged sword and stand to benefit from its use. Cheers

Tue, October 5th, 2021 3:26am

88 fingers

You redeemed yourself by knowing that censorship is wrong and invited them back. Take the positive with the negative. Focus on the positive. Leave the negative behind. Can't please everybody.

Wed, September 29th, 2021 7:11pm


I'd like to think so. Appreciate it mate

Tue, October 5th, 2021 3:24am

Ann Sepino

The difficult part about being a writer is that readers often form a picture of your personality from reading one work alone. A good way to put a positive spin on it is to think that at least somebody took the time to read and form an opinion instead of pass it by. It's not gonna change their perspective, but at least you know that your writing was effective enough to elicit a reaction. :)

Sun, October 3rd, 2021 3:55am


Love that perspective!

Tue, October 5th, 2021 12:50am

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