But my property is not a thing, since this has an existence independent of me; only my might is my own. Not this tree, but my might or control over it, is what is mine.
Now, how is this might perversely expressed? They say I have a right
to this tree, or it is my rightful
property. So I have earned
it by might. That the might must last in order that the tree may also be held
- or better, that the might is not a thing existing of itself, but has existence solely in the mighty ego
, in me the mighty - is forgotten. Might, like other of my qualities (humanity, majesty, etc.) , is exalted to something existing of itself, so that it still exists long after it has ceased to be my might. Thus transformed into a ghost, might is - right.