"The phrase dancing in chains is in Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter VII. "This world with which WE are concerned, in which we have to fear and love, this almost invisible, inaudible world of delicate command and delicate obedience, a world of "almost" in every respect, captious, insidious, sharp, and tender–yes, it is well protected from clumsy spectators and familiar curiosity! We are woven into a strong net and garment of duties, and CANNOT disengage ourselves–precisely here, we are "men of duty," even we! Occasionally, it is true, we dance in our "chains" and betwixt our "swords"; it is none the less true that more often we gnash our teeth under the circumstances, and are impatient at the secret hardship of our lot. But do what we will, fools and appearances say of us: "These are men WITHOUT duty,"– we have always fools and appearances against us! " TS Wittig
I find this passage in "Beyond Good and Evil" to be expressive of much of human experience. It captures something I have been trying to express in several ways including "The Butcher’s Cleaver."
The protracted process of the presidential primary season brings this very much to mind. Perhaps the campaigns enjoy all this. For me it would be a time in purgatory.
I would be interested in your thoughts on the subject. pl