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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SLAVES AND LABOURERS.  The fact that we regard the gratification of vanity as of more account than all other forms of well being (security, position, and pleasures of all sorts), is shown to a ludicrous extent by everyone wishing for the abolition of slavery and utterly abhorring to put any one into this position (apart altogether from political reasons), while everyone must acknowledge to himself that in all respects slaves live more securely and more happily than modern labourers, and that slave labour is very easy labour compared with that of the "labourer”.  We protest in the name of the "dignity of man"; but, expressed more simply, that is just our darling vanity which feels non equality, and inferiority in public estimation, to be the hardest lot of all.  The cynic thinks differently concerning the matter, because he despises honour: and so Diogenes for some time a slave and tutor.  
 

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