Nietzsche II.5-11

Nietzsche II.5-11 - I Nietzsche II.5-11(5 Origin of the...

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4.8.3 Nietzsche II.5-11 I) (5) Origin of the Promise (creditor and debtor) a. To make the debtor’s promise to the creditor trustworthy “the debtor made a contract with the creditor and pledged that if he should fail to repay he would substitute something else that he ‘possessed’, something he had control over” (ex – his wife, his body, his life, his freedom, etc…) i. Creditors reserved the right to cut off parts of the body to compensate for the debt; the bigger the debt, the more that was cut 1. The compensation in this manner is through the creditor receiving pleasure, “the pleasure of being allowed to vent his power freely upon one who is powerless […], the enjoyment of violation” a. The lower on the social ladder the creditor is, the more pleasurable this will be; “at last he, too, may experience for once the exalted sensation of being allowed to despise and mistreat someone as ‘beneath him’” i. “of making suffer—a genuine festival, something which, as aforesaid, was prized the more highly the more violently it contrasted with the rank and social standing of the creditor” (6) II) (6) Pleasure from Inflicting Pain? a. Back in history there was almost nothing pleasurable that didn’t involve inflicting pain i. At festivals and weddings people would always hold executions or torturings ii. Every family had animals on which to vent power upon b. “To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more”
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