Long ago in a forum I found an opinion that Nietzsche concocted the idea of Eternal Return as palliative care for the weak — that it is a soothing notion that there could be endless opportunities to relive your life in different circumstances and with different choices — which would effectively help clear the path for those individuals exhibiting a more masterful morality. Is there anything in Nietzsche's texts that would corroborate or refute this opinion?
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This extract from the Gay Science appears to refute it:
What, if some day or night, some demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'this life as you live it, and as you have lived it, you will have to live it once more and innumerable times more ...'
Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?
Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'you are a god, and I have never heard anything more divine'.
Quite what N means by this has lead to a mini-industry of exegesis through his notebooks and other writings, but nothing really conclusive...