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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Saviour and Physician.  In his knowledge of the human soul the founder of Christianity was, as is natural, not without many great deficiencies and prejudices, and, as physician of the soul, was addicted to that disreputable, laical belief in a universal medicine.  In his methods he sometimes resembles that dentist who wishes to heal all pain by extracting the tooth.  Thus, for example, he assails sensuality with the advice: "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out”.  Yet there still remains the distinction that the dentist at least attains his object — painlessness for the patient — although in so clumsy a fashion that he becomes ridiculous; whereas the Christian who follows that advice and thinks he has killed his sensuality, is wrong, for his sensuality still lives in an uncanny, vampire form, and torments him in hideous disguises.  

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