Quote of the Day – The Madness of Religion

“This is a kind of madness of the will in psychic cruelty that has absolutely no equal: the will of man to find himself guilty and reprehensible to the point that it cannot be atoned for; his will  imagine himself punished without the possibility of the punishment ever becoming equivalent to the guilt; his will to infect and make poisonous the deepest ground of things with the problem of punishment and guilt in order to cut off the way out of this labyrinth of “idees fixes” once and for all; his will to erect an ideal – that of the “holy God” – in order, in the face of the same, to be tangibly certain of his absolute unworthiness. Oh, this insane sad beast man! What ideas occur to it, what anti-nature, what paroxysms of nonsense; what bestiality of idea immediately breaks forth when it is hindered only a little from being a beast of deed!…All of this is interesting to the point of excess, but also of such black gloomy unnerving sadness that one must forcibly forbid oneself to look too long into these abysses. Here there is sickness, beyond all doubt, the most terrible sickness that has thus far raged in man”

~Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality

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2 responses to “Quote of the Day – The Madness of Religion

  1. vonleonhardt2

    As a German speaker I’ve never failed to find the English speakers fascination with Nietzsche anything but fascinating… that said it’s a crazy man’s critique that ignores happy songs like slip knot and the fact religion gets you a weekend.

  2. >As a German speaker I’ve never failed to find the English speakers fascination with Nietzsche anything but fascinating…

    Are you suggesting that Nietzsche is a thinker not worth taking seriously?That is a strong claim, and the many academics that study Nietzsche would of course disagree.

    Also, I would more readily thank the Workers Rights movement for the better enjoyment of weekends over religion. Besides, what’s the point of a weekend if you can’t even do yard work like pick up sticks without getting killed? (Numbers 15:32-36)

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