Nietzsche speaks frequently of ressentiment, of the slave morality, but it is
important to know how it arose and became such a powerful thing.
Ressentiment is the
slave morality, the values of the weaker men who were overtaken by the blond beasts that
Nietzsche speaks of.
Ressentiment is saying no to life, or taking all that was good,
power, influence, rule over others, and switching their meaning from good to evil.
morals are imagined by the lower class, completely made up, but with time and certain
events and systems, become popular, even dominant.
Nietzsche makes a point to research some word lineages and, by doing so, shows
that words for good are similar to words meaning power, nobility, aristocracy, and other
such qualities while words for bad are similar to common, lower, and things of that
The priests were sought out for counsel on this subject, to perhaps try to amend
this change in values, or make sense of it, but as stated later in this paper, they only make
it worse, more powerful, more dominant, more dangerous.
Nietzsche contends that it was
the Jews who made the switch saying, “It was the Jews who, rejecting the aristocratic
value equation…ventured, with awe-inspiring consistency, to bring about a reversal and
held it in the teeth of their unfathomable hatred, saying, ‘Only those who suffer are good,
only the poor, the powerless, the lowly are good…” (Nietzsche 19).
claims, is the beginning of the slave revolt, which eventually won, and was only
“forgotten about” because it won, and because all long things are hard to see.
Ressentiment is imaginary revenge, and is only a reaction; it must have an
external world to rebel against.
Because the man of ressentiment is so introverted and