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It is the much richer phenomenon, which allows of clearer observation' (Power, 532:289). 'Our most sacred convictions, the unchanging elements in our supreme values, are judgments of our muscles' (314:173). 'Man', he says, 'like every living thing, thinks continually without knowing it; the thinking that rises to consciousness is only the smallest part of all this - the most superficial and worst part - for only this conscious thinking takes the form of words, which is to say signs of communication' (Science, 354:299).
Their representative, Councillor Mikulin, had an 'accurate middle-parting of glossy hair above a rugged Socratic forehead' (1:3:123) - and Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy (12:82) disdains the 'altogether newborn demon ... Socrates' for his condemnation of instinctual thought, the kind of intuitive thought that eventually led Razumov to uncover Nikita as a double agent "'by a sort of inspiration"' (4:5:348). Mikulin's mode of intellectual activity was not of the kind that yields the comprehensive wisdom Nietzsche finds in pre-Euripidean Greek tragedy.
Nostromo's Dr Monygham likewise 'consoled the misery of his soul with acute reasonings' (3:4:318); as the narrator of Victory asserts, 'The use of reason is to justify the obscure desires that move our conduct, impulses, passions, prejudices, and follies, and also our fears' (2:2:80). It was not until Razumov reflected deeply on his own emotions that he discovered the fatuousness of his earlier reasonings - and opened himself to the healing quality of Natalia Haldin's love. He initially fought his affection for her, but the professor of languages early on recognised that Razumov was being false to himself by denigrating the value of emotions: '"He puts on the ...