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 PHIL 200-002 - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Henry Thomas
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Posted - Mar 15 2013 :  02:09:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On pages 202-203 there is a passage I liked that reads as follows: "Here are priests; and though they are my enemies, pass by them silently and with sleeping swords. Among them too there are heroes; many of them have suffered too much: therefore they want others to suffer."

I take this to mean that even if someone is your enemy, you want to be careful around him and maybe even avoid him because he may be capable of terrible things and of inflicting terrible harm. As regards the priests it occurs to me that they have suffered, this suffering has made them miserable, and they will take advantage of any opportunity they get to make others suffer.

[Lightly edited to enhance readability -TT]

Tom Trelogan
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Posted - Mar 27 2013 :  11:22:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You should come back to this and revisit your interpretation once you've digested what Nietzsche has to say about the "priestly castes" in ancient societies in On the Genealogy of Morals. You may find that your reading of this passage will have changed somewhat.
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