Nietzsche on Slave Morality Essay

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“Nietzsche on Judeo-Christian Morality” In Nietzsche’s aphorisms 90-95 and 146-162 he attacks what he believes to be the fundamental basis of the “slave” morality prevalent in the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as other religions and societies. From the beginning, he distinguishes the two different types of moralities he believes to exist: the “master morality”, created by rulers of societies, and the “slave” morality, created by the lowest people in societies. The former stresses virtues of the strong and noble while looking down upon the weak and cowardly. This type of morality, however, is not as widespread as the “slave morality” that has been adopted by so many religions. Nietzsche looks through the psychology and logic of …show more content…
Is this “slave morality” really a divine gift from God, or is it just the moral code we expect to come from a historically persecuted lower people? This brings up a big question over the validity of “slave morality”, as it seems to only exist for protection of the lower people, not for what’s truly good and evil. Also, as Nietzsche brings up, its validity comes from the existence of a God who gave us these morals, something that cannot be proven, so naturally the concept of “faith” and trusting and believing in these morals and the God who created them would be a prime virtue, and those without it viewed as “evil” or “lost”. Nietzsche also brings up a good point in that this morality that comes from historically persecuted people serves to “tame” men and call it an “improvement”, which he sees as a bad joke. He believes that this taming reduces our instinctive “beast” and makes us weaker creatures. He questions if we have really grown more “moral” over time or if it is just the result of mankind becoming, frankly, bigger “wusses”. This made me think of movies like Fight Club and Deliverance in that in both movies men seem to be so tame and it is shown to be against our nature. Fight Club in particular focuses on this release of beastliness and return to what is believed to be the way mankind was intended to live. The last critique Nietzsche makes is also one of

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