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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Among savage tribes there is a certain category of customs which appear to aim at nothing but custom.  They therefore lay down strict and on the whole superfluous regulations (e.  g.  the rules of the Kamchadales which forbid snow to be scraped off the boots with a knife coal to be stuck on the point of a knife or a piece of iron to be put into the fire-and death to be the portion of everyone who shall act otherwise!)  Yet these laws serve to keep people continually reminded of the custom and the imperative necessity on their parts to conform to it: and all this in support of the great principle which stands at the beginning of all civilisation: any custom is better than none.  
 

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