Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Absence of Feeling of New Chains.  So long as we do not feel that we are in some way dependent, we consider ourselves independent — a false conclusion that shows how proud man is, how eager for dominion.  For he hereby assumes that he would always be sure to observe and recognise dependence so soon as he suffered it, the preliminary hypothesis being that he generally lives in independence, and that, should he lose that independence for once in a way, he would immediately detect a contrary sensation.  Suppose, however, the reverse to be true— that he is always living in a complex state of dependence, but thinks himself free where, through long habit, he no longer feels the weight of the chain?  He only suffers from new chains, and "free will" really means nothing more than an absence of feeling of new chains.  
 

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