The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§143   A lot is said today about the Semitic spirit of the New Testament: but what is called Semitic is merely priestly — and in the racially purest Aryan law-book, in Manu, this kind of “Semitism,” i.e. the spirit of the priest, is worse than anywhere else.

The development of the Jewish priestly state is not original: they learned the pattern in Babylon: the pattern is Aryan. When, later on, the same thing became dominant in a Europe with a preponderance of Germanic blood, this was in accordance with the spirit of the ruling race: a great atavism. The Germanic Middle Ages aimed at a revival of the Aryan order of castes.

Mohammedanism in turn learned from Christianity: the employment of the “beyond” as an instrument of punishment.

The pattern of an unchanging community with priests at its head — this oldest of the great cultural products of Asia in the realm of organization — was bound to invite reflection and imitation in every respect. Again Plato: but above all the Egyptians.

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Thanksgiving bonus!

Here is a fun, historically accurate graphic that you should share with your favorite Tea Party types on Facebook.

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Thanksgiving Day

Have a good Thanksgiving, y’all. I mean, if it hasn’t been canceled in order to avoid interfering with the Christmas sales.

Later.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§142   Toward a critique of the law-book of Manu. — The whole book is founded on the holy lie. Was the well-being of mankind the inspiration of this system? Was this species of man, who believes in the interestedness of every action, interested or not in imposing this system? To improve mankind — how is this intention inspired? Where is the concept of improvement derived from?

We find a species of man, the priestly, which feels itself to be the norm, the high point and the supreme expression of the type man: this species derives the concept “improvement” from itself. It believes in its own superiority, it wills itself to be superior in fact: the origin of the holy lie is the will to power —

Establishment of rule: to this end, the rule of those concepts that place a non plus ultra of power with the priesthood. Power through the lie — in the knowledge that one does not possess it physically, militarily — the lie as a supplement to power, a new concept of “truth.”

It is a mistake to suppose an unconscious and naive development here, a kind of self-deception — Fanatics do not invent such carefully thought-out systems of oppression — The most cold-blooded reflection was at work here; the same kind of reflection as a Plato applied when he imagined his “Republic.” “He who wills the end must will the means” — all lawgivers have been clear in their minds regarding this politician’s insight.

We possess the classic model in specifically Aryan forms: we may therefore hold the best-endowed and most reflective species of man responsible for the most fundamental lie that has ever been told — That lie has been copied almost everywhere: Aryan influence has corrupted all the world —

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Feel-the-love department

A story so bizarre that, seriously, I’m hoping it’s in error.

A Houston pastor has come under fire for refusing to bury a 93-year-old woman who had been a member of his church for 50 years but had not tithed enough as her death neared.

Barbara Day told KRIV that she was devastated by the way pastor Walter F. Houston treated her when she contacted him about a funeral at Fourth Missionary Baptist Church for her mother, Olivia Blair.

“It was like the last insult in the world, there was nothing else that I could do for my mommy but funeralize her in the church that she loved and worshiped all of her life, even as a little girl,” Day said, explaining that Houston told her that Blair “had not paid her dues, and she had not attended the church in recent years.”

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