The origins of the aristocratic contempt for labor is to be understood as a consequence of aristocratic
see how the original word the Greek aristos used for themselves is
which comes from the verb
"to be," and means honest or truth-telling (but also someone who
and has presence). Aristocrats don't have the base character to tell themselves pretty lies, in this case, the lie that existence or mere life has any value. The tragic wisdom of Silenus--better never to have been born, and once born, to die as soon as possible--was a consequence of Greek aristocratic truth-telling; from any rational point of view, mere life is not worth it. And from this comes the contempt for the other lie, that labor, which is just a means to mere life, has dignity, or that human being as such has dignity or rights. Nietzsche explains this well,
Here is the attitude that Tacitus says the ancient Germans had about labor:
Implicit in the contempt for labor is that human life only has value insofar as it reaches for something beyond itself, as it is a tool for higher culture, or the cultivation of supreme specimens.
Life only has meaning as used in the service of genius. Only the absolute rule of genius is defensible.