life-affirming

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life-affirming

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having or showing a positive outlook that encourages optimism about life
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Yet it is not sadness as one may think of it as a weakened human state but rather an adaption of a Nietzschean affirmation of life as transformed through a fusion of conventional longing and sadness in tanka.
Sadness is thus transformed by a Nietzschean affirmation of creatively embraced life as opposed to the cultures of weakness that characterize modern fictions of stability, passive conformance to fads and (changing) norms, and lack of vital inspiration (just "blinking" or blinzelt as opposed to "lightning" or Blitz) in thought, all of which Nietzsche critiqued (290).
The picaro as a shapeshifter creates only a hypertrophy of this affront in a consistent Nietzschean affirmation of the performative, the illusory, and the dreamlike that not incidentally serves as an epigraph to the book: "--I suddenly awoke in the middle of this dream, but only to the consciousness that I am dreaming and that I must go on dreaming lest I perish.