Zarathustra advocates a self-asserting individualism that by most standards would be considered reckless and immoral.

He has no interest in virtues that promote social peace, or a culture in which people place a high value on not upsetting or offending each other. Peace of mind is suspicious because it may come about at the price of muffling the real forces of life.

Individuals whose thoughts and deeds are to reach great heights have to go into real depths: “With a person it is as with a tree. The more he aspires to the height and light, the more strongly will his roots strive earthward, downward, into the dark, into the deep—into evil.”

Outstanding spirits need to disregard the moral rules and sensibilities of the herd. “And beware of the good and the just! They like to crucify those who invent their own virtue for themselves—they hate the lonely one.”

The more uncompromisingly people dare to follow their own individual inspiration, the more significant will be the results. A true view and appreciation of life is not clouded by moral categories at all.

Life in its purest and highest manifestations exists beyond good and evil.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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