If ever there was a thinker who swam against the social and ethical tide of his day, it was Nietzsche. Nineteenth-century Europe was for him a moral wasteland filled with false altruism, duplicity, double standards, and, worst of all, moral complacency. Nietzsche shocked his readers by openly speaking their innermost thoughts: morality serves the social good, which for him meant fostering the best possible society--one that strives for excellence and abhors the herd mentality.
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