This in today’s “Age”:www.theage.com.au, in an excellent article by Guy Rundle “on sexual morality”:http://www.theage.com.au/news/arts/the-big-bang/2006/12/07/1165081093008.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2:

there has been a decisive shift in ethics in everyday life, from the centrality of the “good” to that of the will. What has become most sinful, as evidenced across the cultural field, from the art avant-garde to reality TV, is to not do as thou wilt, to abnegate, to pull back from the pursuit of satisfaction. To us, meekness – put at the centre of Christian belief by the sermon on the mount, as a riposte to the Roman Empire’s will-to-power – is genuinely repulsive, a strangling of one’s selfhood by a renunciation of what one wants.

Nietzsche would have been proud if this were so. I wonder, though, if this has indeed become the ethics of ordinary people. It takes enormous strength _not_ to pull back from the pursuit of satisfaction, _not_ to strangle oneself, _not_ to renounce what one wants. It is easier to be consume than to produce, easier to follow than to lead, easier to be passive than active, easier to be slave than to be master. To stand on the strong side of these binaries is still something extraordinary, a position that belongs to Nietzsche’s _übermensch_ (overman), the one who endeavours always to overcome his own weaknesses.

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