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 POLITICAL VALUE OF PATERNITY, When a man has no sons he has not a full right to join in a discussion concerning the needs of a particular community.  A person must himself have staked his dearest object along with the others: that alone binds him fast to the State; he must have in view the well being of his descendants, and must, therefore, above all, have descendants in order to take a right and natural share in all institutions and the changes thereof.  The development of higher morality depends on a person's having sons; it disposes him to be unegoistic, or, more correctly, it extends his egoism in its duration and permits him earnestly to strive after goals which lie beyond his individual lifetime.  
 

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