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P. Ethics Essay #2 Nietzsche

P. Ethics Essay #2 Nietzsche - 1 Ethics Professor Claudia...

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1 Ethics Professor Claudia Mills 22 April 2008 Nietzsche Nietzsche, a German philosopher from the 19 th  century, passionately argues  against the idea of universal standards of morality. He fights against the absurdity of  equality and makes logical points of how what is right for one man may not be right for  another. Not only does he state this, but he boldly goes on to state that there are  significant levels and ranks between different people. Through his writing Beyond Good   and Evil , Nietzsche makes the bold and logical claim that “…the requirement of one  morality for all is really a detriment to higher men, in short… there is a distinction of rank  between man and man, and consequently between morality and morality” (Nietzsche,  96). Nietzsche goes into detail about what rankings between men look like acted out:  “…the great things remain for the great, the abysses for the profound, and, to sum up  shortly, everything rare for the rare” (Nietzsche 30). This shows that whatever kind of  person someone is, what is theirs will become theirs. The average person will live an  average life, have average physical features, probably a middle-class job. They will 
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2 never truly explore the world, or even have the desire to. They will not have a mansion  on the side of a mountain because they are not great enough to attain those things, yet  they will not live in a dump either because they are above that. Yet, the ambitious and  knowledgeable man will explore the world, they will take care of their body to have  above average physical features, they will find ways to achieve wealth without living for  a job. This great person will explore the world and live in a mansion if they desire to,  because they are great and are worthy of such things. Nietzsche goes into detail about what he calls leveling, or the comfort of the  average man. The majority of people are happy in their average comfort zone, following  the crowd. They do the same things as everyone else, living a life that is boring and  predictable, which is a high price for comfort. Nietzsche greatly stresses that this 
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