1872

Kramskoi wrote: “My God, or Christ, is the supreme atheist, a man who destroyed God in the universe and placed him in the very centre of the human spirit, and goes to his death, calmly for that reason… What is a real atheist? … He is a person who draws strength only from himself.”

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann

More on this tomorrow.

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