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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When we have demonstrated the highest utility of a thing we have nevertheless made no progress towards an explanation of its origin; in other words we can never explain by mere utility the necessity of existence.  Yet precisely the contrary opinion has been maintained up to the present time even in the domain of the most exact science.  In astronomy for example have we not heard it stated that the (supposed) usefulness of the system of satellites—(replacing the light which is diminished in intensity by the greater distance of the sun in order that the inhabitants of the various celestial bodies should not want for light)—was the final object of this system and explained its origin?  Which may remind us of the conclusions of Christopher Colombus: the earth has been created for man ergo if there are countries they must be inhabited.  "Is it probable that the sun would throw his rays on nothing and that the nocturnal vigils of the stars should be wasted upon untravelled seas and unpeopled countries?  
 

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