Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.


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Divine Missionaries.  Even Socrates feels himself to be a divine missionary, but I am not sure whether we should not here detect a tincture of that Attic irony and fondness for jesting whereby this odious, arrogant conception would be toned down.  He talks of the fact without unction — his images of the gadfly and the horse are simple and not sacerdotal.  The real religious task which he has set himself — to test God in a hundred ways and see whether he spoke the truth — betrays a bold and free attitude, in which the missionary walked by the side of his God.  This testing of God is one of the most subtle compromises between piety and free thinking that has ever been devised.  Nowadays we do not even need this compromise any longer.  

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