More than 120 years ago, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, announced that “God Is Dead”. In light of global events in the last decade, Nietzsche’s assessment was merely wishful thinking. This widely quoted statement was first expressed by Nietzsche in “Die Frohliche Wissenschaft” (“The Gay Science”), and again in his most famous book “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”. Nietzsche’s philosophy would have never materialized without the French philosophers of the Enlightenment in the XVIII century which found the principles of their philosophy practically applied by the French revolution.
“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 knifes: Who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there 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? God is dead, but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of year in which his shadow will be shown,” wrote Nietzsche in “The Gay Science”.
Furthermore, Nietzsche, in “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, was setting up the corner stone of his philosophy by this question: “Dead are all gods: Now do we desire the uber man to live?”
Beside the last part of the above quote from “The Gay Science”, the one referring to men living in caves and still worshiping the shadows of dead gods, Nietzsche was wrong in his announcement. We are currently experiencing a set back from becoming free of the shackles of religious beliefs and becoming the Uber Man Nietzsche was talking about.
Nietzsche, just like composer Richard Wagner, was wrongly accused of being a precursor of the Nazis, but in reality only a very small part of his philosophy was used by the Nazi propaganda . And, lets not forget that German soldiers wore belt buckles inscribed with “Got Mit Uns” (God Is With Us) during World War II, not “God Is Dead”. It is yet another example that, at least in the context of the mass psychosis which grabbed Germany, they wanted to believe they had the blessing of god to perpetrate their hideous crimes.
Nietzsche was wrong, and even the good work of the philosophers of the Enlightenment to free mankind from the servitude of religious fundamentalism might have to be revisited. Now in the 21TH century, God is not dead and as matter of fact God is more alive than ever since the Dark Ages and the “old man in the sky” is kicking. Today, globally, with some exception in secular Europe, more people are finding their way back to God.
This global re-birth of monotheist religious pursuit too often ends up not in a place where it gives individual comfort and peace, but as a move toward fundamentalism in the three Abrahamic religions. Even so Christian, Jewish and Muslim fundamentalists are literally at war with each others, they do have a lot in common in their fight against modernity, science, basic rights for women and human rights. Their anti-personal freedom, anti-sex and anti freedom of expressions views are cut from the same cloth. What they all want to do is set back the clock, without regards for reversing centuries of painful progress, to a time before the “perversion of modern days”. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are the “lightening rod” of this global historic regression, but they are very closed in their “principles” to the ones of America’s Christian fundamentalists and the ones of Jewish fundamentalists in Israel.
America: “Values” Voters Or American Taliban ?
If the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan want to go a few centuries back, America’s Christian fundamentalists or so called “Values” voters would be perfectly happy to take us back to the 1950′s with their Jesus time machine.The “values” voters annual summit started in Washington DC last Thursday. This year, the star speaker was newcomer Christine O’Donnell. O’ Donnell is a everything-you-need-to-know-is-in-the-bible type of gal. She doesn’t think evolution, climate change and global warming are real, and not only does she oppose sex before marriage but she also condemns masturbation. Propelled by the Tea Party movement, O’Donnell brought a populist hodgepodge anti-Washington ruling class elite message, and incredibly promised a “Revolution of Reason”.
“They call us wacky, they call us wingnuts. We call us ‘We The People’. They call us Reagan staffers and homeschoolers. They are trying to marginalize us and put us in a box. We are not trying to take back our country, we are our country,” said O’Donnell yesterday in front of a 2,000 strong, cheering audience.
The “values” voters summit goals and political platform have been the same for decades: It is about “Protecting marriage” (read anti-gay rights); “champion life” (read anti-choice for women, despite the fact most “values” voters support the death penalty); “strengthen the military”; “limit government” (read cut taxes for everyone including the rich); “control spending” (read cut social programs); and “defend our freedom” (read give more and more money to the industrial-military complex).
Jewish Fundamentalists Abuse Women Like The Taliban And Repress sexuality like Christian Fundamentalists
In Israel, Jewish fundamentalism is on the rise. Many examples have surfaced in the news lately. Women are forced to ride in the back of the bus. Young girls from different communities are compelled to study in separate classrooms. In the “Modern Orthodox” youth movement B’Nai Akiba, young men are ordered to leave a concert where men and women are together on the stage. This is obviously a great deal of concerns for Jews eager to enjoy the reality of our modern world.
An even more disturbing example, and this time it is not against women or sex, but against science. In order to avoid conflicting with the Orthodox fundamentalists’ growing political clout, guides in the Stalactite-Cave refrain from stating that these natural formations are hundreds of thousands of years old.
A common thread is obvious in the three monotheist religions fundamentalists: They are anti-women, anti-gay, anti-sex, anti-science, and want to curtail the most basic individual freedoms. All of them want to go back to a time in our history that they view as “pure”, and not tainted by our “perverted” modern times.