Essay heading: Nietzsche's Aphorism 341

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While the myth of the Ring of Gyges is concerned with how a person's sense of justice is determined by the threat of human retribution, the revelation of this demon is the theoretical consideration of what life would look like with the removal of divine retribution. Just as Plato examines how a human being would act if he could never get caught, the demon is asking the human being to consider how differently he would live his life, if God no longer exists, and that only man himself can shape his life from now on...
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While the myth of the Ring of Gyges is concerned with how a person's sense of justice is determined by the threat of human retribution, the revelation of this demon is the theoretical consideration of what life would look like with the removal of divine retribution. Just as Plato examines how a human being would act if he could never get caught, the demon is asking the human being to consider how differently he would live his life, if God no longer exists, and that only man himself can shape his life from now on...
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