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On the Genealogy of Morals

Posted by: Nietzsche on March 29, 1999 at 15:39:18:

In Reply to: This weekend's question posted by B on March 26, 1999 at 18:17:01:

: Is the social darwinism that capitalism espouses "right" or "moral?" Why or why not?

"That lambs dislike great birds of prey does not seem strange: only it gives no ground for reproaching these birds of prey for bearing off little lambs. And if the lambs say among themselves: "these birds of prey are evil; and whoever is least like a bird of prey, but rather its opposite, a lamb - would he not be good?" there is no reason to find fault with this institution of an ideal, except perhaps that the birds of prey might view it a little ironically and say: "we don't dislike them at all, these good little lambs; we even love them: nothing is more tasty than a tender lamb."

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