Meaning of quote:those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music?

Its a quote by Friedrich Nietzche. Does anyone know what it means/an explanation for it.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”

11 Answers

  • ?
    7 days ago

    From a literal standpoint, it’s very clear. Imagine you were deaf. You look around and see people moving oddly, jerking around, acting crazy. You’d think they were insane because you couldn’t hear the music.

    Or imagine if you could go back in time 100 years, but could bring along your MP3 player. You’re talking along, kind of singing along with your favorite song, maybe dancing slightly. The people around you, who can’t hear the music and have no idea what an iPod is, think you’re crazy.

    Figuratively, it means that if people don’t understand you, your motivations, or your background, they may consider your behavior or judgment to be irrational. Another way of thinking about it: People who don’t understand things tend to reject them.

    Hope that helps.

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    6 days ago

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    Meaning of quote:those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music?

    Its a quote by Friedrich Nietzche. Does anyone know what it means/an explanation for it.

    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"

  • ?
    5 days ago

    There are alot of crazy hippy answers hear. Remember philosophy is about logic and reason; no feelings! It simply means we are unable to understand the actions of others sometimes because we can never interpret the world through the mind of another person- that would be impossible. Therefore human society’s have often persecuted those who interpret the world differently, as the majority become confused or angered by the actions of those who interpret differently.

  • ?
    7 days ago

    It’s simple. You judge people based on their “music”– AKA ways– when in reality you have no idea what they are going through.

    or in terms of actual dancing:

    When you see people dancing at a party or whatever all crazy– again you judge them because yes they look stupid, but at the same time its them who is having the good time (hearing the music) and not you.

  • visaman666
    6 days ago

    You will often see people in insane asylums moving in strange ways jerking and twisting although there is no music playing. The music is in their heads.

  • Noah A
    5 days ago

    I believe that Nietzsche is using a metaphor for those who could relate to music/dance.

  • 1wbrockstar2004
    7 days ago

    I think it also has a small bit of jealousy amongst the meaning.The people who aren't dancing are jealous of the ones that are dancing,either because they can't dance themselves. or they know the people dancing. are having fun while they sit in the corner bein bored and pointing fingers.They don't believe in the old saying::Its better to try something new and fail rather than not try. at all

  • ?
    5 days ago

    Were Meaning

  • Alen A.
    4 days ago

    It’s not a quote by Nietzsche. 🙂

  • HARITON
    7 days ago

    Because of our innate prejudice we judge people for being different.

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