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I've been meaning to make a thread about morality for awhile and I figure this is a good place to start. I was doing some serious reading about Nietzsche for the first time today and came across this philosophy of his. Its quite interesting.Master morality begins in the 'noble man' with a spontaneous idea of the good, then the idea of bad develops as what is not good. "The noble type of man experiences itself as determining values; it does not need approval; it judges, 'what is harmful to me is harmful in itself'; it knows itself to be that which first accords honour to things; it is value-creating." In this sense, the master morality is the full recognition that oneself is the measure of all things. Insomuch as something is helpful to the strong-willed man it is like what he values in himself; therefore, the strong-willed man values such things as 'good'. Masters are creators of morality; slaves respond to master-morality with their slave-morality.This philosophy of his is similar to the philosophies of Ayn Rand I believe, and I disagree with both their views on morality. My philosophy is simply "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."Since the powerful are few in number compared to the masses of the weak, the weak gain power by corrupting the strong into believing that the causes of slavery are 'evil', as are the qualities they originally could not choose because of their weakness. By saying humility is voluntary, slave morality avoids admitting that their humility was in the beginning forced upon them by a master. Biblical principles of turning the other cheek, humility, charity, and pity are the result of universalizing the plight of the slave onto all humankind, and thus enslaving the masters as well.
If the world adopted this "Master morality" that he suggests then the world would suffer from more ruin then it currently does. If one man ignored the desires of others and only focused on his own then what is to stop him from committing crimes such as theft, rape, and murder? The only reason he would not commit such crimes is because of fear of punishment. But if the threat of punishment did not exist at the time I see no reason why he would refrain from such actions. A man who holds such a philosophy would look at someone with money and say "I want their money", so he takes it. Tell me, what would stop such a man from doing so?
Nietzsche said something I very much agree with:I cannot argue against this. I do not necessarily fear for myself, since I do not believe myself to be weak, but I do not see how others can support such a philosophy. A man who holds this Master philosophy that Nietzsche proposes could not be trusted. To him there is no reason not to betray you or harm you in some way if it is a benefit to him. So I reject this philosophy. I say you must consider the desires and feelings of others when determining your actions because you want them to consider yours.Fear is the mother of morality.
Am I wrong? Thoughts?