[W]e need a critique of moral values, the value of these values themselves must first be called into question—and for that there is needed a knowledge of the conditions and circumstances in which they grew, under which they evolved and changed (morality as consequence, as symptom, as mask, as tartufferie, as illness, as misunderstanding; but also as cause, as remedy, as stimulant, as restraint, as poison), a knowledge of a kind that has never yet existed or even been desired.
In this essay, reflecting on my encounter with Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals, I focus on discussing the interplay between temporality and the reimagination of gender through a queer perspective. I argue that the genealogy of morals comprises how queer temporality acts as a life force that transforms our lifestyles from being lived by the definition of morality into being alive through the affirmation of will to power. I use temporality to describe a non-genealogical feature in exploring the relationship between time and human knowledge. Queerness infuses a genealogical exploration of what makes it queer. If human moralization is comparable to the process of coloring, coloring becomes a means that executes will to power. A queer coloring does not reside with a definite blue, yellow or red. Instead, it is inarticulable but multifaceted, acting as a Dionysian power. On the one hand, queerness creates the fluidity of coloring by bridging the disconnection between numerous colors. The situatedness reveals the queerness by reacting to it. We see no queer for we are queer no more. Such a hybridity of queerness echoes the overfullness of human creativity. On the other hand, queerness relocates the aspect of coloring by becoming no color but colorist itself. This transforms the coloring from a passive tool into an active scale and traverses the domain of coloring. Queer coloring posits the sense of ambiguity and dwells at the crossroad of moral dilemmas. Thus, interpreting queerness spontaneously proposes challenges to our moral values. As a touch of human color, queerness serves as evidence of life force and witnesses the turning point of our being ripe. Meanwhile, queerness can be a solution to being “all too human.” Similar to an earthquake, queerness brings about waves of disruption to our moral norms and resets our mode of creating reality. If we queerize our so-called moral values, there will be no chance for this moralized realization (moral values) to continue to survive.
Keyword: Nietzsche, genealogy of morals, queerness, queer temporality