Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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THE STANDARDS AND VALUES OF THE FETTERED SPIRITS.  There are four species of things concerning which the restricted spirits say they are in the right.  Firstly: all things that last are right; secondly: all things that are not burdens to us are right; thirdly: all things that are advantageous for us are right; fourthly: all things for which we have made sacrifices are right.  The last sentence, for instance, explains why a war that was begun in opposition to popular feeling is carried on with enthusiasm directly a sacrifice has been made for it.  The free spirits, who bring their case before the forum of the fettered spirits, must prove that free spirits always existed, that free spiritism is therefore enduring, that it will not become a burden, and, finally, that on the whole they are an advantage to the fettered spirits.  It is because they cannot convince the restricted spirits on this last point that they profit nothing by having proved the first and second propositions.  
 

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