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Single Idea 20358

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / f. Übermensch]

Full Idea

The highest man has the greatest multiplicity of drives, in the relatively greatest strength that can be endured. Indeed, when the plant 'man' shows himself strongest one finds instincts that conflict powerfully (e.g. in Shakespeare), but are controlled.

Gist of Idea

The highest man can endure and control the greatest combination of powerful drives


Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], §966)

A Reaction

Are there some people, perhaps in mental hospitals, who cannot endure or control such things? Do these people have some drives which the rest of us never experience? Do good people only have good drives?

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.507