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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The pride of man which strives to oppose the theory of our own descent from animals and establishes a wide gulf between nature and man himself—this pride is founded upon a prejudice as to what the mind is; and this prejudice is relatively recent.  In the long prehistoric age of humanity it was supposed that the mind was everywhere and men did not look upon it as a particular characteristic of their own.  Since on the contrary everything spiritual (including all impulses maliciousness and inclinations) was regarded as common property and consequently accessible to everybody primitive mankind was not ashamed of being descended from animals or trees (the noble races thought themselves honoured by such legends) and saw in the spiritual that which unites us with nature and not that which severs us from her.  Thus man was brought up in modesty—and this likewise was the result of a prejudice.  
 

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