Russian Culture and the Phenomenon of Violence

Russian Studies in Philosophy 37 (1):86-89 (1998)
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Violence is a natural human state, a natural means of communication between one individual and another and it will remain so as long as society is in the stage of its "animal" evolution, as long as man in the mass remains, as Nietzsche put it, a "superchimpanzee." Violence is natural, and goodness and altruism are artificial; one must make a great effort to be good. To be good is an art. There are no laws that make us love one another. But there are laws according to which we must fear or hate, or try to subjugate others. These are the laws of nature



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