Question of conscience

37
You run ahead? Are you doing it as a shepherd? Or as an exception? A third case would be as a fugitive. First question of conscience.
38
Are you genuine? Or merely an actor? A representative? Or that which is represented? In the end, perhaps you are merely a copy of an actor. Second question of conscience.
39
The disappointed one speaks. I searched for great human beings; I always found only the imitators of their ideals.
40
Are you one who looks on? Or one who lends a hand? Or one who looks away and walks off? Third question of conscience.
41
Do you want to walk along? Or walk ahead? Or walk by yourself? One must know what one wants and that one wants. Fourth question of conscience.
42
Those were steps for me, and I have climbed up over them: to that end I had to pass over them. Yet they thought that I wanted to retire on them.

 

Twilight of the Idols by Frederich Nietzsche

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