"I call an animal, a species, an individual corrpt, when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers, what is inurious to it. A history of the 'higher feelings,' the 'ideals of humanity' would explain why man is so degenerate. Life itself appears to me as an instinct for growth, for survival, for the accumulation of forces, for power: whenever the will to power fails there is disaster. My contention is that all the highest values of humanity have been emptied of this will -- that the values of decadence, of nihilism, now prevail under the holiest of names."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, "The Anti-Christ"
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