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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Worldly Justice.  It is possible to unhinge worldly justice with the doctrine of the complete non-responsibility and innocence of every man?  An attempt has been made in the same direction on the basis of the opposite doctrine of the full responsibility and guilt of every man.  It was the founder of Christianity who wished to abolish worldly justice and banish judgment and punishment from the world.  For he understood all guilt as "sin"— that is, an outrage against God and not against the world.  On the other hand, he considered every man in a broad sense, and almost in every sense, a sinner.  The guilty, however, are not to be the judges of their peers — so his rules of equity decided.  Thus all dispensers of worldly justice were in his eyes as culpable as those they condemned, and their air of guiltlessness appeared to him hypocritical and pharisaical.  Moreover, he looked to the motives and not to the results of actions, and thought that only one was keen sighted enough to give a verdict on motives — himself or, as he expressed it, God.  

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