Friedrich Nietzsche, Miscellaneous Maxims and opinions (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche).

Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions, the first supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1879.  A second supplement, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten) followed in 1880.


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The Fulfilment of Christianity.  In Christianity there is also an Epicurean trend of thought, starting from the idea that God can only demand of man, his creation and his image, what it is possible for man to fulfil, and accordingly that Christian virtue and perfection are attainable and often attained.  Now, for instance, the belief in loving one's enemies — even if it is only a belief or fancy, and by no means a psychological reality (a real love) — gives unalloyed happiness, so long as it is genuinely believed.  (As to the reason of this, psychologist and Christian might well differ.)  Hence earthly life, through the belief, I mean the fancy, that it satisfies not only the injunction to love our enemies, but all the other injunctions of Christianity, and that it has really assimilated and embodied in itself the Divine perfection according to the command, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect” might actually become a holy life.  Thus error can make Christ's promise come true.  

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