moral phenomena

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“Evil … had lost the quality by which most people recognize it—the quality of temptation.”

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, 1963
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“Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak.”
 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, 1985
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“Morality is the herd instinct in the individual.”

Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882
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“‘As the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.’ The instinct of antipathy against an Indian grows in the backwoodsman with the sense of good and bad, right and wrong. In one breath he learns that a brother is to be loved, and an Indian to be hated. ‘Such are the facts,’ the judge would say, ‘upon which, if one seek to moralize, he must do so with an eye to them. It is terrible that one creature should so regard another, should make it conscience to abhor an entire race. It is terrible; but is it surprising? Surprising, that one should hate a race which he believes to be red from a cause akin to that which makes some tribes of garden insects green? A race whose name is upon the frontier a memento mori; painted to him in every evil light…”
-Herman Melville, The Confidence Man, 1857

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“Mystical explanations are considered deep. The truth is that they are not even superficial.”
 Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882
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“Your heart’s desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, 1985
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“There is no such thing as moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.”

Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil,  1886
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