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Ethics of the master … and the servant!

Yusuf Awadh Al-Azmi

A friend who is passionate about philosophy studied the subject, because it makes a great impression on him. He once sent his new thesis on ethics that focused on the two famous (ethics of the master, ethics of the servant) to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Each of the two has attributes that differentiate one from the other, but the most prominent distinctive feature is the will-power and ability by which a nominal human is identified from a flocking human.

The nominal human is associated with will-power. The flocking human possesses bad attributes; weak and timid. He has values (enforced on him by weakness) such as servitude and submissiveness, and provokes pity. A person of that nature unintentionally contributes to collapse of the ethical system, as well as financial and administrative corruption. He hangs on to the miserable rope, which he sees as the only rope of rescue, while clinging to fear and submissiveness!

As for the nominal human, he is active, confident, progressive, efficient, free, non-hesitant and rare. His type moves countries forward; takes societies to the top, restrict corrupt systems and fight against corruption, while operating on real principles without being swayed by emotions and fabrications.

In this contemporary age of ours, we see that some people are blessed with knowledge and huge sums in their accounts when occupying high positions. However, they remain servants without freedom, and they do not even have a word with which they can stand. Such a person does not benefit from knowledge, money or position – as his life in entirety is not equal to dignified position and honorable stance.

Also, there is a servant who willingly enslaves himself to the point that he will create an idol to worship – even if he doesn’t have any! That is the most dangerous type of servitude. He is a worshipper of fancy, money and position. He lives on the logic of “one master dies another master lives” and no honest position or logic survives with him. He remains firm on the same position, because it was created by his masters and turns to be rigid and tough against any opposing situation if his master(s) are against it!

In case of disagreement, he will show his other side of debauchery in controversy, attacking postulates and hitting the norms. You cannot talk with him about companionship, right or logic! He speaks according to the whims of his masters without any stake, because he is nothing but a mere tool!

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Three are the signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust.” (Al-Bukhari- 33, Muslim- 59).

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By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

        — Friedrich Nietzsche

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