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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There is a Proper Time for Wrath and Punishment.  Wrath and punishment are our inheritance from the animals.  Man does not become of age until he has restored to the animals this gift of the cradle.  Herein lies buried one of the mightiest ideas that men can have, the idea of a progress of all progresses.  Let us go forward together a few millenniums, my friends!  There is still reserved for mankind a great deal of joy, the very scent of which has not yet been wafted to the men of our day!  Indeed, we may promise ourselves this joy, nay summon and conjure it up as a necessary thing, so long as the development of human reason does not stand still.  Some day we shall no longer be reconciled to the logical sin that lurks in all wrath and punishment, whether exercised by the individual or by society — some day, when head and heart have learnt to live as near together as they now are far apart.  That they no longer stand so far apart as they did originally is fairly palpable from a glance at the whole course of humanity.  The individual who can review a life of introspective work will become conscious of the rapprochement arrived at, with a proud delight at the distance he has bridged, in order that he may thereupon venture upon more ample hopes.  

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