From Thus Spoke Zarathrusta

O my brother, who represents the greatest danger for all of man's future? Is it not the good and the just? Inasmuch as they say and feel in their hearts, "We already know what is good and just, and we have it too; woe unto those who still seek here!" And whatever harm the evil may do, the harm done by the good and just is the most harmful harm. And whatever harm those do who slander the world, the harm done by the good is the most harmful harm.

O my brothers, one man once saw into the hearts of the good and just and said, "They are the Pharisees." But he was not understood. The good and just themselves were not permitted to understand him: their spirit is imprisoned in their good conscience. The stupidity of the good is unfathomably shrewd. This, however, is the truth: the good must be Pharisees-they have no choice. The good must crucify him who invents his own virtue. That is the truth!

The second one, however, who discovered their land-the land, heart, and the soil of the good and the just-was he who asked, "Whom do they hate most?" The creator they hate most: the breaks tablets and old values. He is a breaker, they call him lawbreaker. For the good are unable to create; they are always the beginning of the end: they crucify him who writes new values on new tablets; they sacrifice the future to themselves-they crucify all man's future.

The good have always been the beginning of the end.


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