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Your Name Your Professor’s Name Course/Subject Date of Submission Nietzsche and Asceticism The essay On the Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche was written in the late 1800s and continues to be significant in this day and age. This literature attempts to explain the feebleness of humanity, especially with regards to appreciation of life.
Before interpreting the essay, one should also put it into context. This essay was written when Nietzsche himself was sick. He was a medical orderly in the Franco-Prussian War and he contracted several diseases during his duty. As his health declined, his works became more prolific, probably because he had more time to think. It is worthwhile to note that Nietzsche was the father of “nihilism”. With Germany unified at his time, it was understandable that his nation was quite optimistic about science and knowledge and their future. Nietzsche prophetically noted that the German’s fanatic optimism, nationalism and religiosity (Christianity; most were Anti-Semitic) would lead the nation to war. Nietzsche was never a believer of absolutes. He has a quote, “You have your way. I have my way. As for the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist”. On the Genealogy of Morals is an essay the traces the “origin” or “genealogy” of these morals. It is a critique of the modern people’s moral judgments and it is made up of three essays, using the genealogical method which examines the origin of some of these moral beliefs and the quality of life that the modern man leads. ...
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