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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Legal Conditions as Means.  Law, where it rests upon contracts between equals, holds good so long as the power of the parties to the contract remains equal or similar.  Wisdom created law to end all feuds and useless expenditure among men on an equal footing.  Quite as definite an end is put to this waste, however, when one party has become decidedly weaker than the other.  Subjection enters and law ceases, but the result is the same as that attained by law.  For now it is the wisdom of the superior which advises to spare the inferior and not uselessly to squander his strength.  Thus the position of the inferior is often more favourable than that of the equal.  Hence legal conditions are temporary means counselled by wisdom, and not ends.  

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