Friedrich Nietzsche’s on the Genealogy of Morality manages to capture what we could consider new and better human ideals, and transforms it into a reality that is not so farfetched. His problem, however, is that history as we know it has changed and people have been lead astray from their instinctual judgments as a species. Through vigorous questioning and re-questioning of his own thoughts in addition to much of history as we know it, Nietzsche has built his own foundation of an entirely different world for which people to live in; a better world in which the world revolves around each individual who is able to think by a Master Morality. Once one is able to grasp the idea of this Master Morality, they will understand that the ideals of what is good and what is bad should not actually exist, as they are not means to anything and there is no justification in labeling things as such. This along with other concepts challenges us as humans to rethink everything we have labeled as morals, and it confronts our developed tendencies to justify and question the actions of ourselves and others – arguing that there should not have to be justification or reason for anything, because it means nothing in the big picture. All that does matter is the “doing” or the “deed” itself, because there is no “good” or “bad” in and of itself. Nietzsche makes some very complex arguments that can be simplified only in pieces. One very important truth that he makes note of in his first treatise reflects on “the good” themselves (Nietzsche, 10). Those who are good are “higher minded” and thus are able to make more sense in their reasoning to do. It is this “pathos of distance” or “pathos of nobility” that helps separate those who have a “Master Morality” with those who follow a more “common and low minded” “Slave Morality.” Keeping these concepts in mind help us to realize that to follow a Master Morality requires one to have complete trust in the truth of their instinct. If this
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