...At all times they have wanted to "improve" men: this above all was called morality. To call the taming of an animal its "improvement" sounds almost like a joke to our ears. Whoever knows what goes on in menageries doubts that the beasts are "improved" there. They are weakened they are made less harmful and through the depressive effect of fear through pain through wounds and through hunger they become sickly beasts. It is no different with the tamed man whom the priest has "improved." And there he lay sick miserable malevolent against himself full of hatred against the springs of life full of suspicion against all that was still strong and happy. In short a "Christian." This the church understood: it ruined man it weakened himbut it claimed to have "improved" him.... Extracted fragment from "Twilight of the Idols" Ch. 6 F. Nietzsche.