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 SUPERSTITION OF THE SIMULTANEOUS.  Simultaneous things hold together, it is said.  A relative dies far away, and at the same time we dream about him, Consequently!  But countless relatives die and we do not dream about them.  It is like shipwrecked people who make vows; afterwards, in the temples, we do not see the votive tablets of those who perished.  A man dies, an owl hoots, a clock stops, all at one hour of the night, must there not be some connection?  Such an intimacy with nature as this supposition implies is flattering to mankind.  This species of superstition is found again in a refined form in historians and delineators of culture, who usually have a kind of hydrophobic horror of all that senseless mixture in which individual and national life is so rich.  

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