Thus Spoke Zarathustra

by: Friedrich Nietzsche

Part II: Chapters 1–7

Summary Part II: Chapters 1–7

Rather than accept a world marked by pity and forced equality, Nietzsche longs for a world of creative freedom, marked by the natural inequality between people. Here, each person will be his own chief ambition and ultimate end. While Christian virtues are in themselves unpleasant and need some external reward, Nietzsche's ideal virtues of creativity and self-improvement are pursued not because they are "virtuous" but because they are good in and of themselves. In such a worldview, pity is bad both for the pitied and the person who is pitying. Suffering is an essential part of life and growth, and the instinct to pity suffering flows from the instinct of ressentiment that sees inequality and thus life itself as bad.

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