Nietzsche: The Credo of Ultimate Cruelty

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Finally, what still remained to be sacrificed? Was it not necessary in the end for men to sacrifice everything comforting, holy, healing, all hope, all faith in hidden harmonies, in future blessedness and justice? Was it not necessary to sacrifice God himself, and out of cruelty to themselves to worship stone, stupidity, gravity, fate, nothingness? To sacrifice God for nothingness–this paradoxical mystery of the ultimate cruelty has been reserved for the rising generation; we all know something thereof already.
……– Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

One thought on “Nietzsche: The Credo of Ultimate Cruelty

  1. “The ultimate cruelty has been reserved for the rising generation…”

    Yes, indeed!

    “What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism… . For some time now our whole European culture has been moving as toward a catastrophe, with a tortured tension that is growing from decade to decade: restlessly, violently, headlong, like a river that wants to reach the end… .”

    — Will To Power, Nietzche.

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