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  •  Nietzsche already analyzed it linguistically: (9+ / 0-)

    The word "good" originally pertained to material possession, i.e., goods.  The morality -- goodness -- is a consequence of being wealthy.  And German outdoes English one by having the word for "bad" (schlecht) derive etymologically from the word for "simple" (schlicht).

    In other words, whatever a begooded (wealthy) man does is good.  Which goes a long way in explaining how some of the most appalling behavior gets praised to the skies in medieval epics . . .

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:23:25 AM PDT

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    •  Nietzsche's "good" is taken from Ancient Greece (6+ / 0-)

      He basically argued that the Ancient Greeks (being a "master race") had no concept of evil as such, or at least not anything that the Abrahamic moral tradition would recognize as evil.  Instead, they believed in arete: excellence, more broadly truth to and fulfillment of the inherent nature of a thing, since every thing has its own arete.  To call a person good or bad was done in the same spirit as calling an object good or bad; did it do what it ought to do well or not?  It's a scale of quantitative superiority or inferiority.

      It's true that the ancient Greek warrior aristocracy looked down on everyone else, even the men who designed and built the Parthenon, as qualitatively inferior to themselves: their nature as men of labor, no matter how excellent they were at it, was still less noble than the nature of a man of war.  But the ancient Greeks were far from unique in that regard, and they turned it back to the older quantitative scale by arguing that war and rulership were the ingrained nature of all men, but only those gifted few will actually be able to live true to that universal nature as the rest are enslaved by them and have ignoble labor imposed upon them.

    •  Burn, rape, and pillage - in the name of the Lord (6+ / 0-)

      'Our' guys go on a road trip and visit mayhem on 'their' people, and they return to be celebrated as heroes.

      Maybe we have made some progress in the last thousand years.  The burn, rape, pillage thing is not so popular anymore.  Now it's anonymous death from above.

      Maybe a thousand years from now, we might be even less selfish assholes.

      If we don't go extinct first.

      Good luck!


      The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. - Pangolin@kunstler.com

      by No one gets out alive on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:03:49 PM PDT

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