The Twilight of the Idols - The Antichrist Complete Works, Volume Sixteen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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To help, to pity, to submit and to renounce personal attacks with a
good will,--these things may make even insignificant and superficial
men tolerable to the eye: such men must not be contradicted in their
belief that this good will is "virtue in itself."


Man makes a deed valuable: but how might a deed make man valuable?


Morality is the concern of those who cannot free themselves from
it: for such people morality therefore belongs to the conditions of
existence. It is impossible to refute conditions of existence: the only
thing one can do is not to have them.


If it were true that life did not deserve to be welcomed, the moral
man, precisely on account of his self-denial and obligingness, would
then be guilty of misusing his fellow to his own personal advantage.


"Love thy neighbour"--this would mean first and foremost: "Let thy
neighbour go his own way"--and it is precisely this kind of virtue that
is the most difficult!


The bad man as the parasite. We must not be merely feasters and
gourmets of life: this is ignoble.


It is a noble sense which forbids our being only feasters and gourmets
of life--this sense revolts against hedonism--: we want to perform
something in return!--But the fundamental feeling of the masses is that
one must live for nothing,--that is their vulgarity.


The converse valuations hold good for the lower among men: in their
case therefore it is necessary to implant virtues. They must be
elevated above their lives, by means of absolute commands and terrible


What is required: the new law must be made practicable--and out of its
fulfilment, the overcoming of this law, and higher law, must evolve
Zarathustra defines the attitude towards law, inasmuch as he suppresses
the law of laws which is morality.

Laws as the backbone They must be worked at and created, by being
fulfilled. The slavish attitude which has reigned hitherto towards law!


The self-overcoming of Zarathustra as the prototype of mankind's
self-overcoming for the benefit of Superman. To this end the overcoming
of morality is necessary.


The type of the lawgiver, his development and his suffering. What is
the purpose of giving laws at all?

Zarathustra is the herald who calls forth many lawgivers.


_Individual instruments._

1. The Commanders, the mighty--who do not love, unless it be that they
love the images according to which they create. The rich in vitality,
the versatile, the free, who overcome that which is extant

2. The obedient, the "emancipated"--love and reverence constitute their
happiness, they have a sense of what is higher (their deficiencies are
made whole by the sight of the lofty).

3. The slaves, the

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