In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche outlines three "metamorphoses of the spirit"; how the spirit became a camel, the camel a lion, and finally the lion became a child. Let's think of these as the three stages of an individual's philosophical development. ---And notice these creatures amongst us. In the comments that follow, I promise very little fidelity to Nietzsche's original idea---because the passage from which his comments can be gathered is vague and sparsely populated. The passage that I'm referring to, however, provides a workable outline. My intention is to caricature the types of qualities that we all exhibit as participants at this site. Each quality is a function of what stage an individual is at, in their philosophical development (their 'spirit'). However, let's agree that a progression from one stage to another is not a departure, but a development. Each stage has some characteristic qualities, but we all have them to some degree within us. So, I consider someone to be at a certain stage when a particular quality is disproportional to the whole. The spirit becomes a camel: Nietzsche wrote: What is heavy? thus asks the weight-bearing spirit, thus it kneels down like the camel and wants to be well laden The kind of poster who represents the camel is the kind who kneels down and takes upon himself some massive load from the whole history of philosophy, carrying as much text inside himself as he can. Camels are beasts of burden, and the burden is always someone else's---some historical figure. If you cannot buy the text in paperback or hardcover, chances are that the camel-type of poster is not going to carry it. And of course, the direction a camel takes is always decided by the kind of load he has. Camels are strong, and probably carry a lot. So, this type of poster has a wide range of knowledge to draw from, and repeat. However, a well-burdened camel is always a tired and frustrated creature. Also, camels spit and chortle, chew and regurgitate, and spit again. And this type of poster usually offers nothing more than a spit and a chortle when they write---being too tired for anything else, except perhaps to drop a name. What you're likely to hear from a camel is a tired and frustrated, "this idea is good" or "...stupid"---but not much more. And don't leave it to the camel to decide what to say---again, that's decided by the load they carry (their master's burden). Somewhere in the lonliness of the desert a metamorphoses occurs, and the camel becomes a lion. As Nietzsche says, "the lion wants to capture freedom and be the lord of its own desert". Nietzsche wrote: What is the great dragon which the spirit no longer wants to call lord and God? The great dragon is called 'Thou shalt'. But the spirit of the lion says 'I will!' It's clear that nobody can become a lion who still chews and regurgitates the will of the master who they carry on their back. The lion is freedom. For Nietzsche, the lion is capable of clearing for itself the freedom to create (values, ideas, --whatever). This type of poster is willing to show his teeth and roar against some historical figure or idea. But the lion does this in a way unlike the camel, who can disagree with some idea only when he also carries some other idea on his back. The lion is rebellious, it wants to think for itself---and only knows how to do this by warding off others. You might hear a mighty defensive roar from this type of poster, when some idea approaches too closely---but you will hear little else from the lion's own voice. Nietzsche wrote: To create new values---even the lion is incapableof that: but to create itself freedom for new creation---that might the lion do...The child is a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel, a first motion, a sacred Yes. Yes, a sacred Yes is needed, my brothers, for the sport of creation Zarathustra is the child (Prologue 2). There is some connection between the creation of values and the child. When you think about it, a child is capable of imbuing life into lifeless objects. Creating the rules of a game they didn't themselves need to be taught. Seeing and noticing only the world itself, before being taught to read and burdened like a camel. Of course, none of this is literal. What characterizes the child isn't the total absence of the history of philosophy, but the ability to look on and use the history of philosophy like earthy material for it's own creation. After all, each of the progressions (metamorphoses) is not a departure, but a development. Someone at this, highest, stage of their development will probably be saying something highly original. And in response, you will likely see the camel spitting, and the lion roaring.