Human, All Too Human; A Book for Free Spirits

Paperback | January 2, 2012

byFriedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:THE RELIGIOUS LIFE. The Double Contest Against Evil.?If an evil afflicts us we can either so deal with it as to remove its cause or else so deal with it that its effect upon our feeling is changed; hence look upon the evil as a benefit of which the uses will perhaps first become evident in some subsequent period. Religion and art (and also the metaphysical philosophy) strive to effect an alteration of the feeling, partly by an alteration of our judgment respecting the experience (for example, with the aid of the dictum "whom God loves, he chastizes") partly by the awakening of a joy in pain, in emotion especially (whence the art of tragedy had its origin). The more one is disposed to interpret away and justify, the less likely he is to look directly at the causes of evil and eliminate them. An instant alleviation and narcotizing of pain, as is usual in the case of tooth ache, is sufficient for him even in the severest suffering. The more the domination of religions and of all narcotic arts declines, the more searchingly do men look to the elimination of evil itself, which is a rather bad thing for the tragic poets?for there is ever less and less material for tragedy, since the domain of unsparing, immutable destiny grows constantly more circumscribed ? and a still worse thing for the priests, for these last have lived heretofore upon the narcoticizing of human ill. Sorrow is Knowledge.?How willingly would not one exchange the false assertions of the homines religiosi that there is a god who commands us to be good, who is the sentinel and witness of every act, every moment, every thought, who loves us, who plans our welfare in every misfortune?how willingly would not one exchange these for truths as healing, beneficial and grateful as those delusions! But there are no s...

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:THE RELIGIOUS LIFE. The Double Contest Against Evil.?If an evil afflicts us we can either so deal with it as to remove its cause or else so deal with i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217850561

ISBN - 13:9780217850568

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