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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Intellectual and Physical Transplantation as Remedies.  The different cultures are so many intellectual climates, everyone of which is peculiarly harmful or beneficial to this or that organism.  History as a whole, as the knowledge of different cultures, is the science of remedies, but not the science of the healing art itself.  We still need a physician who can make use of these remedies, in' order to send everyone — temporarily or permanently — to the climate that just suits him.  To live in the present, within the limits of a single culture, is insufficient as a universal remedy: too many highly useful kinds of men, who cannot breathe freely in this atmosphere, would perish.  With the aid of history we must give them air and try to preserve them: even men of lower cultures have their value.  Add to this cure of intellects that humanity, on considerations of bodily health, must strive to discover by means of a medical geography what kinds of degeneration and disease are caused by each region of the earth, and conversely, what ingredients of health the earth affords: and then, gradually, nations, families, and individuals must be transplanted long and permanently enough for them to become masters of their inherited physical infirmities.  The whole world will finally be a series of sanatoria.  
 

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