Chapter 11: Of the Friend
Chinese scriptures don’t accept that women have any soul. The ancient Chinese law, which was prevalent up to this century, allowed the husband even to murder his wife. It was not considered a crime because the wife was only a thing, just like furniture, and if you want to destroy your chair it is not a crime.
But women were not allowed to read these scriptures - only men were writing them and men were reading them. Up to now we have lived in a man-made world, which is absolutely wrong about women. Neither has woman been explored, nor has she been considered.
Woman is not yet capable of friendship. But tell me, you men, which of you is yet capable of friendship?
A certain sanity comes back to Zarathustra, because he was talking against woman.and he must have remembered at the end that he is saying that the woman is not capable of friendship - but what about man? He is a sincere man in that way, that he made the point: But tell me, you men, which of you is yet capable of friendship?
Thus spake Zarathustra.