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 +====== FN.-AC. §23 ======
 +===== The Antichrist. =====
 +<​tab>​Buddhism,​ I repeat, is a hundred times more austere, more honest, more objective. It no longer has to //justify// its pains, its susceptibility to suffering, by interpreting these things in terms of sin–it simply says, as it simply thinks, “I suffer.” To the barbarian, however, suffering in itself is scarcely understandable:​ what he needs, first of all, is an explanation as to //why// he suffers. (His mere instinct prompts him to deny his suffering altogether, or to endure it in silence.) Here the word “devil” was a blessing: man had to have an omnipotent and terrible enemy–there was no need to be ashamed of suffering at the hands of such an enemy.–\\
 +<​tab>​At the bottom of Christianity there are several subtleties that belong to the Orient. In the first place, it knows that it is of very little consequence whether a thing be true or not, so long as it is //​believed//​ to be true. Truth and //faith//: here we have two wholly distinct worlds of ideas, almost two diametrically //​opposite//​ worlds–the road to the one and the road to the other lie miles apart. To understand that fact thoroughly–this is almost enough, in the Orient, to //make// one a sage. The Brahmins knew it, Plato knew it, every student of the esoteric knows it. When, for example, a man gets any //​pleasure//​ out of the notion that he has been saved from sin, it is //not// necessary for him to be actually sinful, but merely to //feel// sinful. But when //faith// is thus exalted above everything else, it necessarily follows that reason, knowledge and patient inquiry have to be discredited:​ the road to the truth becomes a forbidden road.–Hope,​ in its stronger forms, is a great deal more powerful //​stimulans//​ to life than any sort of realized joy can ever be. Man must be sustained in suffering by a hope so high that no conflict with actuality can dash it–so high, indeed, that no fulfilment can //satisfy// it: a hope reaching out beyond this world. (Precisely because of this power that hope has of making the suffering hold out, the Greeks regarded it as the evil of evils, as the most //malign// of evils; it remained behind at the source of all evil.)((That is, in Pandora’s box.))–In order that //love// may be possible, God must become a person; in order that the lower instincts may take a hand in the matter God must be young. To satisfy the ardor of the woman a beautiful saint must appear on the scene, and to satisfy that of the men there must be a virgin. These things are necessary if Christianity is to assume lordship over a soil on which some aphrodisiacal or Adonis cult has already established a notion as to what a cult ought to be. To insist upon //​chastity//​ greatly strengthens the vehemence and subjectivity of the religious instinct–it makes the cult warmer, more enthusiastic,​ more soulful.–Love is the state in which man sees things most decidedly as they are //not//. The force of illusion reaches its highest here, and so does the capacity for sweetening, for //​transfiguring//​. When a man is in love he endures more than at any other time; he submits to anything. The problem was to devise a religion which would allow one to love: by this means the worst that life has to offer is overcome–it is scarcely even noticed.–So much for the three Christian virtues: faith, hope and charity: I call them the three Christian //​ingenuities//​.–Buddhism is in too late a stage of development,​ too full of positivism, to be shrewd in any such way.–\\
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by Nietzsche =====
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by others =====
 +===== Academic interpretations =====
 +===== Other connections =====
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