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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Prohibitions without Reasons.  A prohibition, the reason of which we do not understand or admit, is almost a command, not only for the stiff necked but for the thirster after knowledge.  We at once make an experiment in order to learn why the prohibition was made.  Moral prohibitions, like those of the Decalogue, are only suited to ages when reason lies vanquished.  Nowadays a prohibition like "Thou shalt not kill”, "Thou shalt not commit adultery” laid down without reasons, would have an injurious rather than a beneficial effect.  

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