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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By the fact that for thousands of years things (nature tools property of all kinds) were thought to be alive and to possess souls and able to hinder and interfere with the designs of man the feeling of impotence among men has become greater and more frequent than it need have been: for one had to secure one's things like men and beasts by means of force compulsion flattery treaties sacrifices—and it is here that we may find the origin of the greater number of superstitious customs i.  e.  of an important perhaps paramount and nevertheless wasted and useless division of mankind's activity!  But since the feeling of impotence and fear was so strong and for such a length of time in a state of constant stimulation the feeling of power in man has been developed in so subtle a manner that in this respect he can compare favourably with the most delicately adjusted scales.  This feeling has become his strongest propensity: and the means he discovered for creating it form almost the entire history of culture.  

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