Book One: History of European Nihilism
§116 The inversion of the order of rank. — The pious counterfeiters, the priests, among us become chandalas — they replace the charlatans, quacks, counterfeiters, and wizards; we consider them corrupters of the will, great slanderers of life on which they wish to revenge themselves, rebels among the underprivileged. We have turned the caste of senants, the Sudras, into our middle class, our “Volk” ["people"], those who make political decisions.
On the other hand, the chandala of former times is at the top: foremost, those who blaspheme God, the immoralists, the nomads of every type, the artists, Jews, musicians — at bottom, all disreputable classes of men-
We have raised ourselves to the level of honorable thoughts; even more, we determine honor on earth, “nobility” — All of us are today advocates of life. — We immoralists are today the strongest power: the other great powers need us — we construe the world in our image —
We have transferred the concept of the “chandala” to the priests, teachers of a beyond, and the Christian society that is grown together with them, as well as all who are of the same origin, the pessimists, nihilists, romantics of pity, criminals, vice addicts — the whole sphere in which the concept of “God” is imagined as a savior —
We are proud of no longer having to be liars, slanderers, men who cast suspicion on life —