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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Use of Words and Reality.  There exists a simulated contempt for all the things that mankind actually holds most important, for all everyday matters.  For instance, we say "we only eat to live" — an abominable lie, like that which speaks of the procreation of children as the real purpose of all sexual pleasure.  Conversely, the reverence for "the most important things" is hardly ever quite genuine.  The priests and metaphysicians have indeed accustomed us to a hypocritically exaggerated use of words regarding these matters, but they have not altered the feeling that these most important things are not so important as those despised "everyday matters”.  A fatal consequence of this twofold hypocrisy is that we never make these everyday matters (such as eating, housing, clothes, and intercourse) the object of a constant unprejudiced and universal reflection and revision, but, as such a process appears degrading, we divert from them our serious intellectual and artistic side.  Hence in such matters habit and frivolity win an easy victory over the thoughtless, especially over inexperienced youth.  On the other hand, our continual transgressions of the simplest laws of body and mind reduce us all, young and old, to a disgraceful state of dependence and servitude — I mean to that fundamentally superfluous dependence upon physicians, teachers and clergymen, whose dead weight still lies heavy upon the whole of society.  
 

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