” fools rush in where wise men never go”
“Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon”?
….. Friedrich Nietzsche – the Parable of the Madman …
Although this Blog writes primarily on LGBT matters and the author has been called ” a homophobe” LGBT matters are highlighted simply because they are the present pressure point of the secular whole view.
The secular world view is surely the singularly most foolish ideology mankind has endured.
Testifyingtotruth is aware that secularism is theoretically not identical to atheism but its practical outcomes are identical.
Secularists / atheists are the Madman written of by Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in ” the Parable of the Madman” who “kill God” in order to pursue their chosen desires but the fools do not recognise the wider consequence of their utterly foolish actions.
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Modern History Sourcebook:
Parable of the Madman
THE MADMAN—-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 seek God! I seek God!”—As many of those who did not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter. Has he got lost? asked one. Did he lose his way like a child? asked another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? emigrated?—Thus they yelled and laughed
The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. “Whither is God?” he cried; “I will tell you. We have killed him—you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down? 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 continually closing in on us? Do we not need to light lanterns in the morning? Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we smell nothing as yet of the divine decomposition? Gods, too, decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.
“How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest 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 too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whoever is born after us—for the sake of this deed he will belong to 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 into pieces and went out. “I have come too early,” he said then; “my time is not yet. This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than most distant stars—and yet they have done it themselves.
It has been related further that on the same day the madman forced his way into several churches and there struck up his requiem aeternam deo. Led out and called to account, he is said always to have replied nothing but: “What after all are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of God?”
Source: Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science (1882, 1887) para. 125; Walter Kaufmann ed. (New York: Vintage, 1974), pp.181-82.]
‘It’s ok for homosexuals to do what they want at home, how is this different?’ Lawyer defends Columbia professor charged with incest
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
UPDATED: 14:36 GMT, 8 October 2012
David Epstein is charged with third-degree incest over an alleged three-year sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter
The lawyer representing a professor charged with incest with his 24-year-old daughter has questioned why the alleged affair has been made public.
David Epstein was charged last week with one count of incest for what was allegedly a consensual three-year sexual relationship with his daughter.
The political science professor at Columbia University, 46, allegedly slept with her between 2006 and 2009.
Epstein, who specialises in American politics and voting rights, is also said to have exchanged twisted text messages with the woman during their relationship.
Matthew Galluzzo, defending Epstein, has said that even though his daughter had emerged as a victim in the case, she could ‘best be described as an accomplice’.
He told ABCNews.com: ‘Academically, we are obviously all morally opposed to incest and rightfully so.
‘At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms.
‘It’s ok for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home. How is this so different?
‘We have to figure out why some behaviour is tolerated and some is not.’
Administrative leave: Epstein teaches political science at Ivy League Columbia University. His lawyer has questioned why the case has been brought
In an interview with the Huffington Post, he added: ‘What goes on between consenting adults in private should not be legislated. That is not the proper domain of our law.
‘If we assume for a moment that both parties [involved in incest] are consenting, then why are we prosecuting this?’
Epstein, who has taught at Harvard and Stanford, is currently on administrative leave from Columbia.
He was married to another lecturer at the Ivy League institution but the pair recently divorced.
In an earlier statement Mr Galluzzo called the charges against the professor ‘unwarranted and unfair’.
‘Professor Epstein is well-respected by his peers and students and he asks that his friends in the Columbia community support him and give him the benefit of the doubt during this trying time,’ he added.
Switzerland legislators have proposed decriminalising consensual sexual relationships between first-degree relatives, including siblings and parents and their adult children.
Consensual incest is also legal in China, France, Israel, the Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Turkey, according to a 2007 report from the Max Planck Institute in Germany.