Friedrich Nietzsche: Genealogy of Morals

14 October 2019

[E]very sufferer instinctively looks for a cause for its distress; more exactly, for a culprit, even more precisely for a guilty culprit who is receptive to distress,–in short, for a living being upon whom he can release his emotions, actually or in effigy, on some pretext or other: because the release of emotions is the greatest attempt at relief, or should I say, at anesthetizing on the part of the sufferer, his involuntarily longed-for narcotic against pain of any kind.

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