Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil - Every morality is a piece of tyranny against nature
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche– Beyond Good and Evil
Every morality is, as opposed to laisser aller, a piece of tyranny against nature, likewise against reason; but that can be no objection to it unless one is in possession of some other morality which decrees that any kind of tyranny and unreason is impermissible.
The essential and invaluable element in every morality is that it is a protracted constraint…
The strange fact is that all there is or has been on earth of freedom, subtlety, boldness... whether in thinking itself, or in ruling, or in speaking and persuasion, has evolved only by virtue of the ‘tyranny of such arbitrary laws’; and, in all seriousness, there is no small probability that precisely this is ‘nature’ and ‘natural’ – and not laisser aller.
The essential thing ‘in heaven and upon earth’ seems, to say it again, to be a protracted obedience in one direction; from out of that there always emerges and has always emerged in the long run something for the sake of which it is worthwhile to live on earth, for example, virtue, art, music, dance, reason, spirituality – something transfiguring, refined, mad and divine
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche – On the Genealogy of Morals
That lambs bear ill-will towards large birds of prey is hardly strange; but is in itself no reason to blame large birds of prey for making off with little lambs.
And if the lambs say among themselves ‘These birds of prey are evil; and whoever is as little of a bird of prey as possible, indeed rather the opposite, a lamb – should he not be said to be good?’
Then there can be no objection to setting up an ideal like this, even if the birds of prey might look down on it a little contemptuously and perhaps say to themselves ‘We bear them no ill-will at all, these lambs – indeed we love them; there is nothing tastier than a tender lamb'.
The source of the experienceNietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Concepts, symbols and science items
ConceptsSin [and vice]
Activities and commonsteps
Loneliness and isolation
SuppressionsBeauty, art and music