Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak:  Reflections on Moral Prejudice. Morgenröte: Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile (also could be translated as The Dawn).

Written and published in 1881.

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My eyes whether they be powerful or weak can only see a certain distance and it is within this space that I live and move: this horizon is my immediate fate - greater or lesser, from which I cannot escape.  Thus a concentric circle is drawn round everyone that has a centre particular to himself, in the same way that our hearing encloses us as does our touch.  We measure the world by these horizons within which our senses confine us as within prison walls.  We say that this is near and that is distant, that this is large and that is small, that one thing is hard and another soft; and this appreciation of things we call sensation—but this is all an error!  We measure our lives according to the average number of events and emotions that it would be possible for us to experience in a given space of time; we classify our life as being short or long, rich or poor, full or empty; and according to the average of human life we estimate the lives of other beings—and all this is an error!  If we had eyesight a hundred times more keen with which to examine the things that surround us then men would seem to us to be enormously tall; we can even imagine organs by means of which men would appear to us to be of immeasurable stature.  At the other extreme, those organs could be so formed as to allow us to view entire solar systems as if they were contracted and brought close together like a single cell: and again, to beings of the opposite construction, a single cell of the human body could be made to appear in its structure, movement and harmony as if it were a solar system in itself.  The habits of our senses have wrapped us up in a web of false sensations which form the basis of all our judgments and our "knowledge"—there are no means of exit or escape to the "real" world!  We are like spiders in our own web and whatever we may catch in our web it will only be something that our web is capable of catching.  

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