The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
III: General Remarks on Morality

§295   We are heirs to the conscience-vivisection and self-crucifixion of two thousand years: in these two practices lie perhaps our longest efforts at becoming perfect, our mastery and certainly our subtlety; we have associated natural propensities with a bad conscience.

An attempt to produce an entirely opposite state of affairs would be possible: that is to say, to associate all desires of a beyond, all sympathy with things which are opposed to the senses, the intellect and nature in fact, all the ideals that have existed hitherto (which were all anti-worldly), with a bad conscience.

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