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 +====== FN.-AC. §22 ======
 +===== The Antichrist. =====
 +<​tab>​When Christianity departed from its native soil, that of the lowest orders, the //​underworld//​ of the ancient world, and began seeking power among barbarian peoples, it no longer had to deal with //​exhausted//​ men, but with men still inwardly savage and capable of self-torture–in brief, strong men, but bungled men. Here, unlike in the case of the Buddhists, the cause of discontent with self, suffering through self, is //not// merely a general sensitiveness and susceptibility to pain, but, on the contrary, an inordinate thirst for inflicting pain on others, a tendency to obtain subjective satisfaction in hostile deeds and ideas. Christianity had to embrace //​barbaric//​ concepts and valuations in order to obtain mastery over barbarians: of such sort, for example, are the sacrifices of the first-born, the drinking of blood as a sacrament, the disdain of the intellect and of culture; torture in all its forms, whether bodily or not; the whole pomp of the cult. Buddhism is a religion for peoples in a further state of development,​ for races that have become kind, gentle and over-spiritualized (–Europe is not yet ripe for it–): it is a summons that takes them back to peace and cheerfulness,​ to a careful rationing of the spirit, to a certain hardening of the body. Christianity aims at mastering //beasts of prey//; its modus operandi is to make them //​ill//​–to make feeble is the Christian recipe for taming, for “//​civilizing//​.” Buddhism is a religion for the closing, over-wearied stages of civilization. Christianity appears before civilization has so much as begun–under certain circumstances it lays the very foundations thereof.
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by Nietzsche =====
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by others =====
 +===== Academic interpretations =====
 +===== Other connections =====
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