Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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The greatest Change.

The lustre and the hues of all things have changed!  We no longer quite understand how earlier men conceived of the most familiar and frequent things, for example, of the day, and the awakening in the morning: owing to their belief in dreams the waking state seemed to them differently illuminated.  And similarly of the whole of life, with its reflection of death and its significance: our "death" is an entirely different death.  All events were of a different lustre, for a God shone forth in them; and similarly of all resolutions and peeps into the distant future: for people had oracles, and secret hints, and believed in prognostication.  "Truth" was conceived in quite a different manner, for the insane could formerly be regarded as its mouthpiece a thing which makes us shudder, or laugh.  Injustice made a different impression on the feelings: for people were afraid of divine retribution, and not only of legal punishment and disgrace.  What joy was there in an age when men believed in the devil and tempter!  What passion was there when people saw demons lurking close at hand!  What philosophy was there when doubt was regarded as sinfulness of the most dangerous kind, and in fact as an outrage on eternal love, as distrust of everything good, high, pure, and compassionate!  We have coloured things anew, we paint them over continually, but what have we been able to do so far in comparison with the splendid colouring of that old master!  I mean ancient humanity.  
 

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