Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Dieric BOUTS (1415 - 1475)

'How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the whole horizon? What did we do when we loosened this earth from its sun? Whither does it now move? Whither do we move? Away from all suns? Do we not dash on unceasingly? Backwards, sideways, forwards, in all directions? Is there still an above and below? Do we not stray, as through infinite nothingness? Does not empty space breathe upon us? Has it not become colder? Does not night come on continually, darker and darker? Shall we not have to light lanterns in the morning? Do we not hear the noise of the grave-diggers who are burying God?'

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Do we not proceed damn near directly from Nietzsche to the gates of Auschwitz?
Or perhaps humanism had a brief interlude: from the Reformation to Auschwitz, when a dogmatic God and his irrational followers were resurrected.
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