Nietzsche's The Genealogy Of Morality

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Altruism is assuming the duty to promote someone else’s welfare at the expense of one’s own interests. Charles Darwin, an evolutionary scientist stated that altruism which he called sympathy or benevolence is an essential part of the social instinct because helping and cooperation have promoted the survival of species. But this paper is not about scientists’ outlook on altruism; it is to understand Nietzsche’s way of taking it. The moral view of altruism is that an action is morally right if it promotes the interests of the others. For Nietzsche, it is a moral principle that involves self – sacrifice. It was from a stern ideal because it betrays oneself from life. In his The Genealogy of Morality, he offers a new critique of moral values through an investigation of the origin. He states that moral values originated from the ‘pathos’ of ancient people which also gave rise to the concept of ‘bad’. The concept of altruism begins with the ‘slave revolt in morality’; wherein “ressentiment itself becomes creative and gives birth to values.” The considered bad are those who are powerless to express their feelings thereby…show more content…
In his Human All Too Human (p. 133), a man who wants to be like God needs a “great deal for himself if he is able to do anything whatsoever for the sake of others.” Basically, Nietzsche sees altruistic acts as destruction in his higher men simply because it causes one “to flee from the ego, and hate it, and to live in others and for others...” He argues that no true altruistic deeds exist because humans are wholly egocentric and self – seeking by nature. All humans strive to impose their will to power upon others to prove their strength. That we are considerate, caring and selfless for others to treat us as humane when our innate intentions are truly
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