Nietzsche - Daybreak - Christianity has succeeded in transforming Eros and Aphrodite into diabolical kobolds
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche – Daybreak
The passions become evil and malicious if they are regarded as evil and malicious.
Thus Christianity has succeeded in transforming Eros and Aphrodite… into diabolical kobolds.. by means of the torments it introduces into the consciences of believers whenever they are excited sexually. Is it not dreadful to make necessary and regularly recurring sensations into a source of inner misery… And ought one to call Eros an enemy? The sexual sensations have this in common with the sensations of sympathy and worship, that one person, by doing what pleases him, gives pleasure to another person – such benevolent arrangements are not to be found so often in nature! And to calumniate such an arrangement and to ruin it through associating it with a bad conscience!
In the end this diabolising of Eros acquired an outcome in comedy; thanks to the dark secretiveness of the Church in all things erotic; the ‘devil’ Eros gradually became more interesting to mankind than all the saints and angels put together; the effect has been that, to this day, the love story is the only thing which all circles find equally interesting – and with an exaggeratedness which antiquity would have found incomprehensible and which will one day again elicit laughter.
All our thinking and poetising, from the highest to the lowest, is characterised and more than characterised, by the excessive importance attached to the love story; on this account it may be that posterity will judge the whole inheritance of Christian culture to be marked by something crackbrained and petty.
The source of the experienceNietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Loneliness and isolation
SuppressionsBeauty, art and music
Being left handed