Confessions of a Madman


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Concentrate on the four small dots in the middle of the picture for 30 – 40 secs. Then look at any smooth single coloured surface near you (wall, paper,…). You will see a circle of light developing. Now blink your eyes a couple of times and you will see an image emerging. Do you recognize the image ?

The Mad Man

Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly, “I’m looking for God, I’m looking for God!” As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there, he excited considerable laughter. “Why, did he get lost?” said one. “Did he lose his way like a child?” said another. “Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? Or immigrated?” Thus they yelled and laughed. The madman sprang into their midst and pierced them with his glances.

“Whither is God?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him—you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained this earth from it’s sun? Whither is is moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying, as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods, too, decompose. God is dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, the murderers of all murderers, comfort ourselves? What was holiest and most powerful of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed to great for us? Must not we ourselves become gods simply to seem worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whoever will be born after us—forsake of this deed, he will be part of a higher history than all history hitherto.”

Here, the madman fell silent and looked again at his listeners; and they, too, were silent, and stared at him in astonishment. At last, he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke and went out…

It has been related further, that on the same day, the madman entered diverse churches and there sang his “requiem aeternam deo.” Led out and called to account, he is said to have replied each time, “What are these churches now, if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of God?”

 

-Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“God is dead, Marx is dead, I’m not feeling to well myself.” –Unknown

 

If God is dead, it would have far reaching effects in all facets of life. War and madness would be on the rise, and certainly today we have much more of both. Hitler used Nietzsche’s philosophies as reasons to extricate his country of the weak and inferior. Hitler presented copies of Nietzsche’s works to Mussolini. If you follow the end result of taking the presence of God out of human existence, what is the end result. The last eleven years of his life, Nietzsche went insane. Let’s take this philosophy to its ultimate end. You, the reader, follow this thought and bring it to its full maturity. When you have the answer, please comment here.

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7 thoughts on “Confessions of a Madman

  1. The only logical end of nihilism is suicide. Why put up with the pain of existence if there is no ultimate meaning? If the very words that I’m typing right now are the mere end result of a cosmic accident, then I’d be better off decomposing than composing them.

    The book to read here is Francis Schaeffer’s “He Is There and He Is Not Silent.” Or if you’re in the mood to listen, the lectures of Jerram Barrs on Evangelism and Outreach in which he talks about post-modern and nihilistic thought at great length.

  2. No, Nietzsche’s philosophy was developed precisely so that you WON’T commit suicide. Logic is “logically” the path to what is NOT, like “equal things”. “Life” is what is important, and not a “truth” (which is only a symptom of a will to power) or “meaning” hidden within it.

    And Hitler may have misinterpretted Nietzsche’s attack on the weak and botched as a call to arms, but Nietzsche understood what the Darwinians didn’t, that the weak and meek really were destined to “inherit the earth” and there was nothing that the strong could do to prevent it. Yes a Hitler could seek power through the “organization of zero’s” but the “zero’s” will ultimately overcome them (as history later proved).

    1. Nietzsche put limitations on his “will to power” i.e. one person’s will to power comes into contact with another and they strike a compromise. He adds this limitation so that it will fall into social acceptance. That in itself goes against the nature of “will to power”. The end result of “will to power” is for the strong to rule the weak. In this case, Hitler was only following the nature described by Nietzsche.

      Also, please describe what you mean by zeros.

  3. If God is dead wouldn’t existence would cease? I can’t imagine a creation going on without it’s creator. If I think God is dead though, nothing matters. The only consequence for doing wrong is punishment of the body but nothing can punish the soul if God is dead. The human race would become totally hedonistic and animalistic. Who would we be offend by it? The only thing to keep us from it would be societal restrictions but then lying about one’s behavior is a way of getting around that. There is no God to see the truth behind the lie and correct us.

    Jeremiah 17:9.

    1. People who believe there is no God, do not believe we were created. A creation argument will not be effective. I agree societal restrictions keep those without God operating within acceptable parameters. If there is no higher source of truth, or no truth at all (which is not possible), there is no justice except what we invent.

      Also, if there is no God there is no soul, except maybe an essence that transfers from one type of energy to another in death. The previous sentence bears a fact: that even though atheists say there is no God, they still invent different ways to say “higher power”. As in “our energy essence returns to its source” or “we begin another form of life”. Some do say, “We will cease to exist.” But this disturbs most people. We are so powerfully aware of our existence we cannot imagine ceasing to exist. If we do cease to exist, nothing we do in this life will matter. Then we are back to a much better thought: That maybe God does exist.

      1. I was working on the premise that if one says God is dead then one must first agree that there was a God to begin with. But I agree with you. I like the statement you made that “we are so powerfully aware of our existence we cannot imagine ceasing to exist.” I’ve tried. It doesn’t work. In questioning what it would be like to not exist the first question we tend to have I think is “what would I be thinking?” Although we clearly would not articulate it like that since it would be ridiculous to suggest someone thinks who does no exist. Then we try and think about not thinking. Which doesn’t work for obvious reasons. It does, however, support the idea that “I think therefore I am.” Its impossible for us to imagine what it would be like not to exist because there would be no “like” about it. There is nothing to imagine about non-existence except to imagine nothing.

  4. Hitler was inspired by many perverted ideas, and he himself took many ideas and perverted them himself (Nietzsche’s falling into the latter category). I find it humbling, in a way, that I could be inspired by the same things that inspired Hitler, albeit not in the same way. I find “The Mad Man” inspiring me toward seeking God and His love, whereas Hitler was inspired toward destroying that which God loves. These are my immediate responses to reading this post; I don’t actually know much about Nietzsche.

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